Do you like spicy food? Many of you surely do, and it would be great to hear that it can actually be very beneficial, wouldn’t it?
Cayenne peppers were initially cultivated in Central and South America around 3000 BC, while in the 15th century, they were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus.
Nowadays, they are consumed and grown all over the world, and India is their largest producer.
The hot taste of these peppers is a result of the presence of capsaicin, which stimulates the nerve endings in the mouth, and tricks the brain into feeling the pain.
Yet, cayenne peppers are a rich source of potassium, iron, as well as vitamins A, B, C and E. On the other hand, they are low in sodium and calories, and are free of carbohydrates.
A tablespoon of cayenne pepper provides:
- Calories: 17
- Fat: 0.92 grams
- Fiber: 1.4 grams
- Potassium: 3% of the RDI
- Protein: 0.6 grams
- Vitamin C: 7% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 6% of the RDI
- Vitamin A: 44% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
- Vitamin E: 8% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 5% of the RDI
- Manganese: 5% of the RDI
The high content of capsaicin can promote weight loss by suppressing appetite and boosting fat burning.
These hot peppers also stimulate blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and can increase the metabolic rate by up to 25%.
Furthermore, capsaicin can effectively unblock the sinuses and ease breathing.
When consumed in small quantities, cayenne peppers stimulate appetite and help digestion.
In the form of a tincture, cayenne peppers can soothe the pain in the muscles and bones in the case of neuralgia, and rheumatism, cleanse the colon, soothe psoriasis, and induce menstruation in the case of irregular periods.
Cayenne peppers are very easy to incorporate into your diet, so just add a pinch of the spice to your meals, and reap all these health benefits!