Cayenne pepper is a hot chilli spice, widely used spice for cooking with many health giving properties. Ours is imported from India where it has been used medicinally for many years. Cayenne pepper originated in Central and South America. It is named after the capital city of the French Guiana, "Cayenne" and played a very important role in Native American medicine and cuisine for thousands of years. Cayenne pepper is normally added to food in either its natural or powdered form and is also available as a cream or capsule to be applied topically - to treat arthritis and muscle pain. Cayenne chili peppers are closely related to jalapeño chili peppers.
Cayenne is rich in capsaicin and also contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids which give the chili its antioxidant properties. It has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to help treat circulatory problems and increase appetite.
What gives the chili its spiciness is the active ingredient capsaicin, which is also commonly used for the treatment of aches and pains of the muscles and joints.
Hot, stimulating Cayenne peppers are like a jump start to a cold car engine on a frosty morning. It brings welcome life into sore muscles and gets your heart beating faster, increasing the flow of blood all through the body. The heat of cayenne warms stiff arthritic joints and relaxes away low back pain. The longer you use it, the better it works. For this reason Cayenne is commonly used for pain relief and its extracts are an important part of herbal treatment for muscle pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and nerve pain caused by shingles and sciatica.
Cayenne is also frequently used to increase the metabolism and for weight loss. Adding cayenne to your diet plan is a no-brainer. Cayenne, along with other peppers strengthens digestion and lessens the change of bacterial infections from unsanitary food and water. Cayenne peppers also lessen the gas and bloating that comes from eating heavy, greasy foods. Cayenne helps boost your metabolism and induces the body to burn off more fat. Eating more hot spicy foods will help decrease appetite and increase satiety, so you are inclined to eat less. Seasoning with pepper lessens the need for salt and fat in cooking without sacrificing flavour.
Add this warming spice to your food and even your juices to get the full effect. Go as spicy as you like, but remember to wash your hands before contact with your eyes and if you have any inflammatory conditions such as a stomach ulcer please consult your doctor or a nutritionist.