It's a perfect day to remember the brilliance of one of my all time favorite heart healthy herbs, cayenne pepper! Here is a short video I made for you about it:
Cayenne pepper is a humble SUPERFOOD that is easy to add to your daily diet. It is widely believed to help keep the heart happy and healthy.
But, It's a huge favorite among many master herbalists because it boasts many additional potential health benefits. Here are some of them:
1. Metabolism Booster
One of the most well-known health benefits of cayenne pepper is its ability to boost metabolism. The key behind this fiery effect is a compound called capsaicin, which gives cayenne its spicy kick. Capsaicin has been shown to increase the body's heat production, a process known as thermogenesis, which can help burn calories more efficiently. Incorporating cayenne pepper into your meals may assist in weight management and even support your fitness goals.
2. Pain Relief
Cayenne pepper's heat isn't just for spicing up your dishes; it can also provide relief from pain. Topical creams and ointments containing capsaicin have been used for years to alleviate various types of pain, including arthritis, neuropathy, and muscle soreness. Capsaicin works by desensitizing pain receptors in the skin, leading to reduced pain signals to the brain. Applying a capsaicin cream can offer natural pain relief without the need for over-the-counter medications.
3. Heart Health
Cayenne pepper may have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. Studies suggest that the spice can help lower blood pressure by promoting blood vessel dilation. It can also reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, which is often referred to as "bad" cholesterol. These benefits, when combined with a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle, may contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease.
4. Digestive Aid
Cayenne pepper can aid in digestion by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes. It may help prevent indigestion, bloating, and gas. Additionally, capsaicin can enhance the production of saliva, which is the first step in the digestion process. Including a pinch of cayenne in your meals may help maintain a healthy digestive system.
5. Immune Support
Cayenne pepper contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and beta-carotene, which can help boost your immune system. These nutrients play a crucial role in strengthening the body's defenses against illnesses and infections. A strong immune system is essential for overall health and well-being.
6. Pain Management
Cayenne pepper's capsaicin can also be useful for managing chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy. Some studies have shown that capsaicin applied topically in the form of creams or patches can provide relief from nerve-related pain, making it a natural alternative for those seeking pain management solutions.
Incorporating Cayenne Pepper into Your Diet
Now that you're aware of the numerous health benefits of cayenne pepper, you might be wondering how to include it in your daily routine. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Spice Up Your Meals
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to soups, stews, stir-fries, and sauces for an extra kick of flavor and health benefits.
2. Cayenne Tea
Steep cayenne pepper in hot water along with lemon and honey for a soothing and invigorating tea.
3. Salad Dressings
Create spicy salad dressings by mixing cayenne pepper with olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite herbs.
"Here's what I personally do with Cayenne Pepper: Every morning I start my day with a full quart jar of water, and I squeeze a little fresh lemon juice in and a dropper full of Cayenne Pepper tincture. This wakes up my metabolism and digestion and helps me start the day fully hydrated. (so important as we age!)
Then I will take 2 HeartLove capsules with twice a day.
If you are don't like the feeling of heat from the Cayenne when the veggie capsule dissolves in your stomach, simply take them with your meals.
I take 2 HeartLove capsules at first thing in the morning and then 2 with lunch and I literally feel it boosting my metabolism and giving me great energy. You simply must try it to believe it!"
So, add a sprinkle or two of Cayenne pepper to your day and experience the spicy side of wellness!
PS. Cayenne Pepper does have mild blood-thinning properties, so if you are on prescription blood thinners please check with your doctor and do some due diligence to make sure adding it to your diet is the right thing for you.
Do one thing every day that HEALS you!
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind I am not a doctor and this is not meant to be medical advice. All the information on this website is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. We are not making any claims about the efficacy of these products. This information, these products and our suggestions are not meant to prescribe, diagnose, prevent, treat, cure any disease or replace proper medical care. Please check with your doctor before taking any of these products.
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