“Food is medicine – medicine is food” – A famous Ancient South Indian saying. In India tasty recipes were developed with herbs and spices to keep our bodies in perfect harmony and balance. One of those important herb-spices is cayenne pepper. South Indians and native Americans have used Cayenne as both food and medicine for over 9,000 years. Capsicum annuum, or red pepper gets the hot and spicy taste mostly due to a substance called as capsaicin. Though capsaicin is the important active component of cayenne pepper, they also have other important micro nutrients like vitamins, carotenoids and minerals.
Cayenne pepper has also been used as a medicine for poor appetite, arthritis, muscular pain, digestive problems and circulatory problems in traditional Indian Ayurvedic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean medicines.
Modern science has proved that cayenne pepper can cure several diseases and alleviate numerous other symptoms. This article is about the top 10 medicinal benefits of cayenne pepper that are conclusively proved by modern medicine.
10. Treats Arthritis & Joint Pain:
Capsaicin in cayenne pepper is a very powerful pain-relieving agent when applied topically. It controls the chemical that carries the pain signals to brain. Therefore it is extremely effective in treating Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint or muscle pain from fibromyalgia, postherpetic neuralgia, pain in the feet or legs from diabetes and lower back pain. You can make an all natural cayenne pepper cream at home or use the capsaicin creams available in the market.