The fruit from cayenne plants has been used as not only a spice, but as a medicinal food for centuries! Yes, it’s some pretty hot stuff, but you don’t have to eat a great deal of it to get plenty of health benefits.
Cayenne peppers are high in calcium, potassium, B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A and C. Studies have found that this hot pepper can actually rebuild the tissue in the stomach and intestines, improving digestion. Cayenne works like a catalyst and makes alternative cancer treatments, as well as other herbs, more effective.
If you have ever enjoyed some salsa or guacamole with cayenne pepper, then felt your nose start to run and were surprised to see that you were sweating, this is cayenne pepper in action! It warms the body and opens the sinuses, allowing mucus to flow freely, relieving congestion.
Cayenne pepper stimulates circulation and brings more blood to the skin surface. All herbs that encourage sweating and fever help relieve congestion, sinusitis, and reduce fevers.
The University of Pittsburg School of Medicine conducted studies which found that the active ingredient in these hot peppers, capsaicin, actually killed cancerous cells in the pancreas. This study was published in April 2005 in the journal Innovations Report.
Another study, conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA School of Medicine and published in Reuters in March of 2006 found that capsaicin had a powerful impact on human prostate cancer cells in vitro. This study found that capsaicin caused the death of 80 percent of prostate cancer cells.