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Cayenne Adds More Than Just Spice

Jan 31, 2016 10:22PM
By Laina Poulakos
Spicy cayenne pepper has many health benefits. It adds a tasty zing to chili and other spicy dishes but there is so much more to this pepper. The caspaicin in cayenne is the active ingredient that has provides the health benefits. For example, cayenne is used in many muscle rubs to soothe pain. Mixing a few dashes of the cayenne into a few teaspoons of olive oil makes an excellent muscle rub. The capsaicin in cayenne is also helpful with skin conditions such as psoriasis, providing relief from itching.

For those looking to lose a bit of weight, try adding some cayenne to your dinner—as it is an appetite suppressant and it burns calories. Cayenne works this magic by increasing the body temperature and improving circulation. Cayenne is also beneficial when suffering from a cold or flu. As a powerful decongestant, it stimulates the release of mucus. It can also help to regulating blood sugar, which can provide support for those who struggle with diabetics.

Just a sprinkle of spicy cayenne will make your food delicious and will provide many health benefits.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and is available for private consultations about herbal medicine by calling 703-851-0087 or visiting



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