TEN SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS YOU CAN GET FROM THIS SIMPLE KITCHEN SPICE
There are hundreds of spices throughout the world. These spices have actually been a great part of world history as they are one of the reasons for the different explorations and eventually led to the discoveries of new land and nations.
One of the most popular spice is the cayenne pepper (capsicum annuum). It is known for a lot of names like chili pepper, paprika (for the sweet varieties), jalapenos, or chitlepin (for the spicy varieties). This spice has been known to the Aztecs in Mexico long before the Spanish invasion. Ever since Cristopher Columbus brought the seeds to Europe, cayenne pepper has been planted widely in Portuguese colonies in Africa, as well as in India and Asia, and now in almost all parts of the world.
Aside from the spice and aroma it adds to the food that we cook, cayenne pepper is also believed to have health benefits. The Americans and Chinese and other societies have been using cayenne pepper in therapeutic treatments. It has been gaining attention because of the belief that it can cleanse and detoxify, as weel as to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity.
Heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria are some of the mild health conditions that the cayenne pepper can treat.
Aside from giving remedy to these simple ailments, here are other health benefits that you can get from cayenne pepper.
- Known to Be an Effective Anti-Cancer
Many studies have shown that cayenne pepper is a possible cure to cancer because of its substance called Capsaicin. It had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture. A study showed that capsaicin in cayenne pepper caused the cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide known as apoptosis. Another study conducted by Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper may prevent lung cancer in smokers. Researchers in Japan have also shown that cayenne pepper can dramatically slow the development of prostate tumors