Using Cayenne as a Supplement: The benefits and precautions

Mostly used to spice things up in the kitchen, Cayenne is also a wonderful natural supplement. With health benefits that range from boosting your metabolism to aiding in removal of free radicals (those pesky unstable molecules that threaten our health), this spice is definitely one to consider in your supplement regimen. We did the research so that you can reap the benefits, so read on and create your own Cayenne Capsules at home!

 

Why is Cayenne good for you?

Essentially, Cayenne is an aromatic spice derived from the Capsicum annuum pepper, that is also related to other well-known peppers like jalapeños. Its main active ingredient, capsaicin, gives it its medicinal properties (and its hot flavor). Additionally, cayenne includes many antioxidants like vitamin A, B6, C, E and K, lutein, beta carotene, choline, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. Together, these components make the benefits of taking cayenne extend beyond the spice rack in your kitchen.

 

Uses and health benefits of Cayenne

To avoid making this a recipe post, we are going to talk about the uses of Cayenne outside the kitchen. Mainly, benefits associated with topical use of cayenne in creams, ointments and patches, as well as cayenne as a supplement, taken in capsules.  

 

The health benefits associated with taking cayenne include:

  • Pain relief associated with topical use.
  • Metabolic boost related to oral intake.
  • Reducing hunger and promoting weight loss when taken orally.
  • Helping cold symptoms used in home remedies like teas and sprays.
  • Treatment of skin issues like persistent itching, psoriasis and infections through the use of ointments and patches.
  • Lowering blood pressure and improving circulatory system.
  • Boosting antioxidant activity that in turn activates all the health benefits associated with the removal of free radicals, those toxic enemies associated with health conditions like cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Improving overall digestive health when taken as a supplement.

 

Dosage and precautions

There is no standard dose of cayenne supplements, however recommendations range from 30mg to 120mg up to 3 times a day. Ointments and patches may vary according to concentration and skin factors.

 

We recommend you exercise precaution particularly if taking any medication or if breastfeeding, as cayenne may be best avoided in some cases. In topical use, avoid applying to wounds.

 

The Takeaway

While your first thought when hearing the word Cayenne may be Cajun or Mexican cuisine, its clear that this pepper, native to Central and South America has grown increasingly popular as more than just a seasoning powder. Its benefits are varied and justify its use as part as a healthy lifestyle in your supplement program. 

 

This blog provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

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