What common spice has the power to relieve pain (arthritis and other), reverse diabetes, normalize high blood pressure, end heart disease, and do just about everything else a body needs?
It’s hard to believe that a common food seasoning can do so much but it can- and has been doing it for thousands of years.
Even researchers in the scientific community agree that including this one single spice can cure a litany of health problems.
For millennia, cayenne pepper has been the go-to cure for almost every health problem there is. It is even used as the main ingredient in the spray that repels combatants or attackers. It is powerful, but completely natural.
The active ingredient, capsaicin, has been used for many hundreds of years across thousands of cultures to cure everything from pain to heart problems.
But what makes it work?
For blood pressure, capsaicin works by affecting the receptors that govern neural-hormonal systems. By making the receptors more sensitive, the body doesn’t have to work as hard to produce the hormones needed to soften the arterial walls.
However, because of its effectiveness, you should talk to your doctor before you start on a capsaicin regimen. It is available at most health food stores but people can get into complications with traditional drugs by supplementing without their doctor’s oversight. So just make sure you have his or her blessing to try it.
Because of its influence on veins and arteries, it has actually been attributed to being able to stop a heart attack in mere seconds.
But it also can stop pain, which is critical for people who have conditions that make it impossible to take pills.
The oily structure of cayenne pepper makes it highly permeable through the skin, and the pepper’s compounds have been proven too dull angry nerve endings. This is why people who suffer from arthritis love it as an alternative to NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These drugs can cause a host of side effects, including ulcers or other bleeding disorders.
Cayenne pepper doesn’t affect the body in this way, and can be used as a topical treatment. This makes it a safer choice for many with chronic pain disorders like arthritis.
The pepper even has positive effects in the digestive tract, helping to rid the body of dangerous, cholesterol-filled fats that would find their way into arteries. It has also been shown to aid in peristalsis, which is the concentric squeezing of muscles that moves food through the digestive tract.
Improving metabolism and circulation helps keep the diabetes gremlin out of the picture as well.
While there isn’t a generally recognized serving size, most charts will reference the nutritive benefits based upon a 2-teaspoon serving. However, if you are like many people who are not accustomed to eating or ingesting this pepper, 2 teaspoons can pack a real wallop.
Work your way into using it slowly by using no more than a tiny pinch in your soups, stews, egg dishes, etc. Gradually increase the amounts as your body (and taste buds) acclimate to the increasing serving size. Cayenne pepper can be really hot!