The benefits of cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper, a spice commonly used in Mexican food, is well-known to be a fantastic addition to any savory meat or bean dish for a bit of an extra kick. A lesser known fact about it, however, is that it’s also a great source of Cayenne pepper health benefits.

Chemical Structure of Capsaicin

Capsaicin, the compound which gives peppers their heat, boosts energy expenditure in the body and increases the basal metabolic rate. This means you’ll have a higher propensity to break down fat faster. It also has vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as pantothenic and folic acids. While vitamins A, B, and C are simply necessary for life and will protect you from disease, vitamins E and K will help support healthy circulation, specifically peripheral circulation — to arterioles, venules and capillaries.

Cayenne pepper also cleanses the digestive tract and stimulates gastric juice output, which makes your stomach break down foods more quickly. Lastly, cayenne pepper has a high oleoresin content, which helps to enhance the efficacy of other herbal and nutritional supplements, if you are taking them.

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