The use of cayenne pepper offers a myriad of health benefits in a relatively safe and effective manner. However, it is imperative to take the necessary precautions before using this fiery plant. Cayenne has been widely used for centuries through out the world, as a popular spice in foods and a versatile medicine. Significantly, it has been clinically proven to treat a wide range of conditions including arthritis and muscle pain, various forms of cancer, heart disorders and many more. Therefore, cayenne is highly beneficial for medicinal purposes.

Enhancing your immune system and reducing pain

Interestingly, cayenne stimulates digestion, muscle movement, circulation and blood flow throughout the body, thereby enhancing your immune system and helping maintain a healthy lifestyle. Also, cayenne peppers can be applied topically to effectively alleviate the pain associated with joint and muscle discomfort, arthritis and neuralgia (nerve pain). The source of the heat is capsaicin, which is the main active ingredient found in cayenne. Furthermore, capsaicin acts as a catalyst to decrease levels of substance P, a chemical related in transmitting pain signals along the nerves, therefore creating a sensation of warmth to temporarily reduce muscle, joint and nerve pain. Yet, the use of cayenne should be handled carefully due to the fact that it can cause intense heat internally and externally. That is why it is important to use small, cautious doses only.

Cancer fighting herb

As research indicates, cayenne has the phenomenal ability to destroy cancer cells successfully, without damaging surrounding healthy cells. In the article, “How spicy foods can kill cancers,” researchers from Nottingham University tested capsaicin on cultures of human lung cancer cells and pancreatic cancers. Remarkably, their research proved that capsaicin has the power to attack the cancer cells’ mitochondria, the cells organelle where respiration and energy production occur, therefore killing the cancer cell effectively. In addition, the capsaicin attaches itself to proteins within the cancer cells mitochondria, causing them to self-destruct. Lead researcher from the Nottingham study, Dr. Timothy Bates, supports this by clearly stating, “as these compounds (capsaicin) attack the very heart of the tumour cells, we believe that we have in effect discovered a fundamental ‘Achilles heel’ for all cancers”. As a result, this evidently proves that cayenne is an extraordinary natural medicine with supreme versatility. This also indicates that cayenne pepper has the potential to be developed into successful cancer fighting pharmaceuticals.

Treatment for heart conditions

While the scientific data and research of the use of cayenne pepper demonstrates the self-destruction of cancer cells, it also suggests that it can be used to manage heart issues. According to herbalist, Dr. John Christopher, who is a zealous advocate of cayenne, suggests that using it everyday can help manage heart conditions. Dr. Christopher validates his claims with documented cases where his patents have used a teaspoon of cayenne powder in a cup of warm water to overcome serious heart attacks. This is because cayenne contains high levels of the mineral magnesium, which is crucial for healthy heart function. In addition, Dr. Christopher and his colleagues’ recommend using a homemade cayenne tincture which is simple to make and can be easily carried around in case of an emergency in which a heart attack occurs. Interestingly, because of the potency of cayenne, Dr. Christopher also suggests that, “if you only master one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It’s more powerful then any other.’’ The therapeutic values of cayenne are strongly effective, especially when ingesting cayenne daily can clear clogged arteries while strengthening the heart to an optimum level. Anyone who has a heart condition or is interested in keeping his or her heart in good shape should utilize cayenne everyday.

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