2. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is often referred to as the prince of spices. A member of the Capsicum family, it’s used frequently in dishes to add spiciness and heat. Cayenne pepper has been used in Native American cuisine and medicine for almost 9000 years, as well as traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. It holds many detoxifying properties, as it stimulates circulation and reduces acidity in the body.
Cayenne pepper contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese and flavonoids, and holds anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, anti-fungal and anti-irritant properties. It can relieve toothache, migraines, stomach cramps and seasickness, and can support healthy circulation, lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. The majority of benefits seen in cayenne pepper are thought to be due to the presence of capsaicin, the active ingredient that provides the spiciness.
Cayenne pepper also contains high amounts of nutritious flavonoids and carotenoids, which provide that fiery red color. It’s said to be an effective home remedy for varicose veins due to the high content of vitamin C, as this vitamin can help strengthen the walls of veins, arteries and blood vessels, and is also extremely beneficial for treating problems on the skin’s surface.
Cayenne pepper is incredibly easy to add to your diet. It’s an amazing flavor and seasoning for many meals, and just a pinch in each dish will provide full benefits. If you want to fast-track your intake though, add one teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper to a glass of hot water and stir well before drinking. Drink every day for a few months. Be wary though, if you aren’t used to a lot of spice, cayenne pepper can upset the stomach. So start with small amounts, and slowly increase the dose.