Cayenne pepper, also referred to by a bevy of names including cow-horn pepper, Guinea spice, bird pepper, aleva, red chili hot pepper and red pepper when powdered, is usually a cultivar of the species Capsicum annuum and is related to jalapeños, bell peppers, paprika and many others. This is used in order to impart flavour to dishes and has been christened after the French Guiana city of Cayenne. The fruits of the plant are usually desiccated and grounded or baked in the form of cakes after pulping. Subsequently, the cakes are grounded and converted into the spice.
Although the spice contains a good quantity of Vitamin A in addition to Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, riboflavin and manganese; it makes little difference to the total consumption of these chemicals as the spice is ingested in very small quantities.
How does cayenne pepper help you?
• Capsaicin or the component that imparts cayenne its taste is considered to be an essential ingredient in treating muscle pain and arthritis. Over a period of time, the chemical reduces the pain by reducing the supply of a chemical named substance P to the nerve cells. This substance P is responsible for propagating the feeling of pain to the brain.
• Cayenne pepper could substantially enhance your potential to burn calories. It decreases your craving for sweet, salty or fatty foods.
• The chemical capsaicin is a rather strong nose decongestant. It aids in releasing the mucus from the passages in the respiratory system. It could be consumed in the form of powder with your main food to understand the positive effects.
Recent studies give more information about the health benefits of Cayenne Pepper
A recent study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition deciphered that people with diabetes who consumes good quantities of cayenne pepper needs a smaller quantity of insulin to decrease the level of sugar in their blood, which is indicative of the fact that the spice could be endowed with anti-diabetic properties.
It has been discovered by a number of studies that the cayenne pepper could help in improving the flow of blood as well. Consequently, the spice is used in addition to supplements and medications if someone has circulation problems. Research studies made by the US National Library of Medicine established that capsaicin aids in lowering blood pressure as well.