Cayenne pepper, the spice you use to make foods taste hot, contains a compound called capsaicin. This has been shown in studies to enhance energy expenditure and increase fat burning. Whether in dietary foods or by supplements, numerous studies support its thermogenic effect and appetite control properties.
Other benefits of cayenne include detoxifying properties, stimulating to circulation, it’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and is used as a digestive aid and for relieving intestinal gas.
Holistic Caution: Capsicum may act as a blood thinner and increase bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using at least 2 weeks prior to a schedule surgery. Likewise, it should not be taken with medications to slow blood clotting (anticoagulants).
By Yvette Styner, CHN
Certified Holistic Nutritionist