1 With kind permission from Cayenne Pepper - The king of Herbs If Cayenne Pepper ( capsicum minimum or capsicum fastigiatum) is not the king of Herbs it is certainly a prince among them. Its health benefits are many and varied and are truly astonishing. Many people from around the world recount amazing results from using Cayenne Pepper (or capsicum as it's sometimes called) for simple healing as well in the battling and elimination of challenging health problems. Cayenne comes from peppers that are not only good to eat but great for your health.
2 Cayenne Pepper has been used for centuries as a medicinal and culinary herb and undoubtedly most just think of them as "those hot red peppers " to be used for spicing up food or to be used primarily in cooking Asian cuisine, but it is so much more. Cayenne is said to have originated within Cayenne in French Guiana and is now produced or farmed in many parts of the world. It was one of the major foods of the Hunzas who are reported by many to have extraordinarily long lifespans, although this is debatable.
3 It was also used quite extensively by the Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, historians assert it was a staple of the Aztec diet. Cayenne is also revered in the alternative health community and chiefly by medicinal herbalists for its remarkable array of health benefits. Cayenne Pepper and Heart Health So, why is Cayenne Pepper so great for your health? What are its great health benefits? The health benefits of Cayenne Pepper are far reaching and astounding. So much so that many think its benefits are exaggerated.
4 Consider this: Cayenne Pepper , through the instrumentality of its main ingredient capsacin (pronounced cap-say-sin), is scientifically proven to kill prostate cancer cells, among other fantastic health benefits, and that is just the beginning as to the benefits of this humble, nondescript herb. Much scientific research has been initiated to validate what naturopathic practitioners have known for years: It can stop heart attacks, nourish the heart with vital nutrients, remove plaque from the arteries, help rebuild flesh destroyed or harmed by frosbite, heal hemorrhoids, re-build stomach tissue, heal stomach ulcers, and can mitigate the most wrenching of diseases.
5 Continuing, it is great for circulation, can rebuild blood cells, lowers cholesterol, emulsifies triglycerides, removes toxins from the bloodstream and improves overall heart health. It's even a great insect repellent. As mentioned, it can also heal ulcers, which seems contradictory considering its native calidity or heat. It immediately equalizes blood pressure in your system, shrinks hemorrhoids, and heals the gall bladder. It can be used as a diuretic as well helping in elimination both with urine and with the built-up fecal matter in the intestines.
6 It has wonderful, scientifically-proven antifungal properties as well. This is by no means a comprehensive list. So, why haven't you heard of it? Because of money. Big Pharma knows about the remarkable healing properties of Cayenne Pepper but they are not in the business of healing people but in making money. In 2008 in the alone, Big Pharma sold $160 billion dollars of drugs -- $160. billion!!! Why sell a cholesterol-reducing drug when you can just take Cayenne Pepper and it will do the same while also removing plaque from your arterial walls?
7 Because cholesterol drugs like Lipitor make billions of dollars for their makers. Just the Cayenne Pepper and heart health linkage is enough to make this a truly remarkable medicinal herb, but its uses and benefits go far beyond that remedy. capsicum , or Cayenne Pepper , truly is a king among the herbal family and is one of the greatest health secrets of all time. It is hot, yes, and tough to swallow - literally. But that inconvenience is most tolerable when one considers that you can literally save your life and a bundle of money by taking it religiously.
8 What is Cayenne Pepper ? Cayenne Pepper comes from red, hot chili peppers . It is also known as the African red Pepper , American red Pepper , Spanish Pepper , bird Pepper , or Guinea Pepper as it is sometimes called in the United Kingdom. It is also sometimes called by its Latin derivative capsicum . Cayenne Pepper comes from the dried pods of chili peppers and is used as a spice for culinary uses as well as alternative health purposes. The herb is named for the capital city of Cayenne in French Guiana, a country on the northern border of Brazil in South America.
9 The word Cayenne comes from the Tupi word "kyinha," which literally means "hot Pepper .". Continuing, Cayenne is a cultivar of capsicum annum and is botanically related to jalape os, habe eros, bell peppers and many other peppers . The capsicum genus is in the nightshade or Solanaceae family, which family includes white potatoes, eggplants, bell peppers and tomatoes. The plant from which Cayenne Pepper powder is derived is from two related plants. Specifically, the American variety ( capsicum minimum) is distinguished from its African countepart the African birdseye Cayenne ( capsicum fastigiatum) although both are highly useful to man.
10 Another popular derivative is capsicum annuum. Of all the Cayenne peppers , probably the most pungent is the African birdseye Cayenne Pepper . It has small, yellowish red pods while the American variety is characterized with its small herb-sized plants and larger pods. How is Cayenne Pepper powder made? The peppers or fruit are dried and ground, or pulped and baked into cakes, which are then finely ground and then sifted to make the powdered spice. This powdered spice is well known to cooks and chefs the world over but its true value lie in its medicinal properties.