This tiny, red and hot product is a staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine, which is exactly the region it is native to. It is now used all over the world as one of the favorite spices that adds a special hot twist to the dishes.
It is not only used for culinary purposes, but for its remarkable medicinal properties as well.
Science is continually confirming the traditional knowledge of herbal doctors throughout the centuries, who have used this product to treat almost all known ailments.
Have you guessed what amazing little fruit we are going to focus on? Yes, it is the humble but mighty red hot chili pepper, cayenne pepper, or Capsicum annuum.
It is full of essential vitamins and minerals, like vitamins C, B 6, and E, manganese and potassium. It also contains antioxidants that protect and nourish all the cells in our body.
In recent years, it has exhibited some dramatic healing effects in a series of scientific studies. Read on to find out what cayenne pepper is capable of doing.
Cayenne pepper destroys cancer cells
To state this in simple words, its active component called capsaicin actually forces the pancreatic cancerous cells to destroy themselves! This process is scientifically called apoptosis. Moreover, the healthy cells in pancreas were not affected whatsoever, which leads to the conclusion that cayenne can be considered as an alternative treatment in battle against this lethal type of cancer.
This study was performed by Dr. Sanjay Srivastava and his team. You can find about it in more details in the April issue of Innovations Report from 2004.
Cayenne pepper has shown the same effect on prostate cancer cells, destroying them in the process of apoptosis. Dr. Soren Lehmann from the UCLA School of Medicine has confirmed this finding.(study)
Dr. Soren Lehmann from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center UCLA School of Medicine has confirmed the amazing effect that the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, has on prostate cancer cells.
Together with his team, Dr. Soren Lehmann has treated prostate cancer cells in mice with capsaicin. The results were astounding: as much as 80 percent of the malignant cells died out in the process of aptoptosis, meaning that they were self-destroyed.
The details of this study are cited in an article from March 16th, 2006, published in Reuters. The article is called: “Hot Pepper Kills Prostate Cancer Cells in Study” (source).
Japanese scientists have also observed that active components in cayenne pepper can significantly reduce the growth of prostate malignant tumors.
What other ailments can cayenne pepper treat?
It has an amazing effect on the heart
Cardiovascular diseases represent the leading cause of death in the U.S.It is worth to know that cayenne pepper has such potent effect on the cardiovascular system that it can literally save people from imminent death caused by a heart attack.
A renowned herbalist, Dr. John Christopher, claims that he has never lost a person to a heart attack in his lifelong practice thanks to the dramatic healing power of cayenne.
He has said:” Whenever I go in (if they are still breathing) I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water) and within minutes they are up and around.”
The healing substances in cayenne pepper dilate the capillaries and the arteries and promptly improve the blood flow, preventing the formation of blood clots and cleaning the harmful residues on the arterial walls. The circulation within the whole body is improved and the blood pressure is brought back to normal.
And that is not all: cayenne helps reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood.
It helps with weight loss.
Obesity has become a huge health problem. According to the results of one research, 10 grams of this amazing spice consumed with regular meals lead to the reduction of appetite. It also helps establish a healthy level of blood sugar.
Another study has shown that fats are metabolized more quickly and efficiently when cayenne pepper is included in the meals, which leads to weight loss.
It relieves the symptoms of colds and the flu
Cayenne has warming and sweat-inducing abilities that help lower elevated body temperature. Moreover, cayenne clears the air passages and stimulates the breaking up and elimination of mucus, leading to a speedier recovery from colds. With its antioxidant properties, it boosts and empowers our immune system.
It promotes health of the digestive system
Consuming cayenne pepper stimulates the production of juices, enzymes and saliva in our digestive system. This is important for healthy and effective digestion and metabolism of food, and elimination of toxins from the body.
Contrary to what people have long believed, cayenne has a strong soothing, anti-irritant effect on the stomach. Its active ingredient, capsaicin, prevents the creation of ulcers by eliminating the acids and promoting the creation of alkaline mucus.
It counteracts the effects of allergies
Chili acts as a strong anti-inflammatory agent, so it does not allow our body to develop allergic reactions.
It alleviates different kinds of pain
Cayenne pepper has the ability to soothe pain rapidly when it is applied topically.
It diminishes the quantity of a chemical substance that transmits the pain signal to our brain. When the amount of this clinically called “substance P” is reduced, the pain signal cannot reach the brain and this brings instant relief.
This property is especially useful for surgical patients, as well as for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and nerve damage.
In persons with migraine, the spiciness of cayenne tricks the body to feel the pain elsewhere, simultaneously reducing the amount of the pain transmitter in the nerves. This momentarily eases the migraine pain.
Cayenne has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
Scientific finding has confirmed its effectiveness to destroy even 16 different sorts of fungi, Candida being one of them.
Herbal healers have traditionally used cayenne pepper to disinfect wounds and to cease hemorrhages.Moreover, cayenne can effectively eliminate parasites from the body.
So, do not wait another second to incorporate red hot chili pepper in your diet on a regular basis. You can choose to consume it in the fresh form, as fine ground powder, as an addition to meals or as a hot beverage.
We hope that you will not be afraid to indulge in its intensive spiciness, knowing what good it can bring to your health.
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