Cayenne is one of those foods that people either love or they hate. If you can hack the punch of this awesome Capsicum, though, there are many health benefits of cayenne peppers that just might be worth a little heat on your tongue and in your belly.
With so much cayenne growing on our two plants this year, we have more than we could ever eat or use fresh out of the garden, so I’ve been looking at ways to cook and preserve it for use throughout the cold months. Here’s a little of what I’ve learned about the health benefits in my research, as well as a couple of easy recipes that include this Wonder Food!
- Boosts immunity (due to it’s high concentration of Vitamin A)
- Supports heart and circulatory system health
- Promotes proper digestion
- Stimulate the sinuses and clear congestion from colds, the flu, or allergies
- Relieves pain if applied topically (pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis and cluster headaches has been studied). Studies have also shown that eating cayenne can trick your pain sensors and encourages your brain to focus away from your original pain (like a headache). Once the heat in your mouth wears off, your headache may be gone, too 🙂
- Helps prevent ulcers
Simple cayenne recipes:
- Natural Healing Broth from Faithful Provisions
- Home Remedy for coughs from Good Food Matters
- Warming Rub for Sore Muscles from Mommmypotamus
- Homemade, Homegrown Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce from Frugally Sustainable
- Cayenne Pepper Jelly from Love. Peace. Hapiness. Cooking.
- Moroccan Green Bean Saute from About.com