Cayenne Pepper Facts | eHow


  • The cayenne plant produces pods or peppers that have a key ingredient called capsaicin, a chemical that gives the peppers their hotness and causes the explosive and heat-filled reaction many receive afer just a brief taste of the pepper.


  • Regular intake of cayenne pepper can lead to improved blood circulation, relief from heart attack, cramps, varicose veins, constipation, allergies, sore throat and toothache.


  • Herbal supplements are labeled by heat units of 40,000, 60,000 or 90,000. The higher the number, the more impact the supplement will have and, likewise, specialists urge you to avoid those designated 30,000 heat units or less. They have been found to be weaker and more easily contaminated.


  • Upon consumption of cayenne pepper, an instantaneous reaction takes place in the mouth, alerting the brain that something spicy-hot is on its way to the stomach. As a result, the digestive organ is already prepared, in advance, to receive and begin the digestive process of the pepper and its ingredients.


  • Cayenne is only one of a variety of hot peppers which are used as food seasonings and contain capsaicin. Others include jalapenos, habaneros and chile de arbol.


  • Hot peppers are often believed to be the cause of stomach disorders, like ulcers; however, the opposite is true. Because cayenne pepper kills bacteria in the stomach, researchers now link it to ulcer prevention.

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