Issue 184,  May 16, 2016

 This week I want to talk about the "hot" herb that will warm you up and put a spring in your step.
China and the Americas have a long history of using cayenne pepper for medicinal purposes.  It is a power packed compound with many uses.  Its main therapeutic action is as a stimulant, but it is also used as an anti-spasmodic, stomachic, anti-rheumatic, alterative, and more.  

Historically, it has been used for many aliments and is very safe even in large quantities.  Here is a list of some of what it has been used for:  heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsilitis, scarlet fever, diphtheria,   Dr. Jethro Kloss recommends it as a plaster in pneumonia, pleurisy, and other acute congestions.
Health Benefits
Here are 10 health promoting properties of Cayenne:
1.  Anti-irritant  
Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomachs, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea.
2.  Anti-Cold and Flu Agent  
It aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows.
3.  Anti-Fungal
The results of one study indicated that cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotricum.
4. Migraine Headach prevention 
This may be related to the pepper's ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain's attention to the new site.  Following this initial pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance P (the nerve's pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened.
5. Digestive Aid
Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid.  it stimulates the digestive tract, relieves gas, and increases the flow of enzyme production and gastric jiuces.  This aids the body's ability to metabolize food.  it stimulates peristaltic motion of the large intestine, and aids in both assimilation and elimination.  it also rebuilds the tissue in the stomach, and heals stomach and intestinal ulcers.
6.  Useful for Blood Clots
Cayenne also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the changes of a heart attack or stroke.
7. Detox Support
Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms. By heating the body, the process of detoxification is stimulated. and by causes us to sweat, detoxification is advanced.
8. Joint-Pain Reliever
The capsaicin, cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.
9. Supports Weight Loss
Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.
10. Promotes Heart-Health
Cayenne helps normalize blood pressure and balance LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.  Cayenne influences the heart immediately, then gradually extends its effects to the arteries, capillaries and nerves.  Cayenne is the purest and most certain stimulant, and  is a great food for the whole circulatory system.  It feeds elements that may be lacking into the cell structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries to give them the elasticity of youth again, as the blood pressure adjusts itself to normal.  When the venous sturcture becomes loaded swith sticky mucus, the blood has a harder time circulating; therefore, higher pressure forces the liquid through.  Cayenne regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet so that it is equalized.  
At Herbs4You, we have several products that contain Cayenne, as well as straight cayenne tincture.  I hope you are encouraged to pep-up your food more with this wonderful herb.

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