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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Last updated on August 25, 2005

cayenne.jpgCayenne pepper is one of nature’s most healing and therapeutic foods. I put it in many of my recipes not only because I love spicy food, but because of its healing and therapeutic properties.

You’ve probably heard of capsaicin. It’s the main ingredient of cayenne pepper and is used topically to treat everything from osteoarthritis to cancer.

According to the University of Maryland:

Native Americans have used cayenne (or red pepper) as both food and medicine for at least 9,000 years. The hot and spicy taste of cayenne pepper is primarily due to an ingredient known as capsaicin. Although it tastes hot, capsaicin actually stimulates a region of the brain that lowers body temperature.

Taken internally or applied topically, capsaicin is a great natural healing remedy.

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17 Comments on "Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper"

6 years 23 days ago

If you want to know if you have parasites… Some say everyone does have them. Some say everyone has tapeworms, particularly…

If you take cayenne pepper powder (capsules may not work as well), 1 tsp a day in apple sauce or yogurt or whatever and wait a week, you may see hard “white rice” in your stools. These are tapeworm segments. If you see those that is your first tip that you may need to do a parasite cleanse. Also a good tip that you need to keep up with the cayenne for life!

6 years 1 month ago

Does cayanne pepper help with
thank you

R. Cordova
6 years 3 months ago


Cayenne stops the bleeding of cuts up to 3” deep……

On a more relevant note I have been consuming +- 1/8 cup of cayenne pepper in various forms a day since the age of 8 (22 now) and I never had any real health problems problems. I would consider my use of cayenne to be similar to that of a coffee drinker. On days where I miss a meal or don’t have peppers available I feel off. It brings an excitement to food and a harmless endorphine rush that can lighten anxiety. I have achieved such a high tolerance that I can use cayenne to clear sinus infections!

6 years 7 months ago

About 20 yrs. ago, I had a recipe that was based on cayenne pepper to restore hair. Does anyone have access to that information? I would appreciate the posting of that receipe so I can give it to my Mom.

6 years 10 months ago

i take a teaspoon of cayenne pepper every day. I mix it in some water along with turmeric, black pepper and ground corriander.