Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
If you’re looking for a medicinal food that helps stimulate circulation throughout the entire body and boosts your heart health, consider cayenne pepper. This spicy superfood gives any dish a nice kick, and it also offers many health benefits. (h/t to DeepRootsAtHome.com)
Cayenne pepper: A superfood that helps boost heart health
Cayenne pepper’s active main ingredient capsaicin is linked to many health benefits, such as:
- Improving blood flow
- Lowering cholesterol
- Reducing oxidative stress
- Regulating blood pressure
- Slowing or stopping hemorrhaging
Many studies have covered the medicinal benefits of cayenne pepper and capsaicin so consider incorporating this amazing superfood into your dishes and regular diet.
Cayenne peppers and other types of hot peppers are full of many nutrients.
One 45-gram hot red chili pepper contains 18 calories, 0.2 grams of fat, 0.7 grams of fiber, 0.8 grams of protein and 3.9 grams of carbs.
The same serving also contains:
- Vitamin C – 72 percent of the Daily Value (DV)
- Provitamin A – 48 percent of the DV
- Vitamin B6 – 13 percent of the DV
- Vitamin K – 5 percent of the DV
Chili peppers like cayenne peppers are full of provitamin A carotenoids and vitamin C.
Vitamin A exists in two forms: provitamin A and preformed vitamin A. Provitamin A carotenoids are found in plant foods and preformed vitamin A is found in animal foods.
Provitamin A carotenoids found in cayenne include alpha carotene and beta carotene, which your body can turn into the active form of vitamin A.
Vitamin A is needed for:
- Bone health
- The proper functioning of the immune system
- Growth and development
Hot peppers like cayenne peppers are also full of vitamin C. Just one 45-gram chili pepper provides 72 percent of this nutrient, which is crucial for your immune health.
Vitamin C also plays critical roles in collagen production, iron absorption and neurotransmitter synthesis.
Cayenne peppers also provide nutrients like vitamins B6 and K, magnesium and potassium.
How to use cayenne pepper to boost heart health
When used properly, cayenne pepper may even help stop a heart attack in its tracks.
To make this remedy, you need cayenne pepper that is at least 90,000 Scoville heat units (SHU) to be able to stop a heart attack. If the cayenne is at least 90,000 SHU and the patient is still conscious, mix one teaspoon of cayenne powder in a glass of warm water to make a “cayenne tea.” Let the patient drink the tea.
If the person is unconscious, use a cayenne tincture or extract that is at least 90,000 SHU. Put a couple of full droppers underneath their tongue at full strength.
Warm cayenne tea works faster than tablets, capsules or cold tea because warm tea opens up the cell structure so it accepts the cayenne much faster. The cayenne then goes directly to the heart, through the arterial system, and feeds it “powerful food.”
Cayenne pepper may also prevent strokes and it relieves angina pain quickly by restoring blood flow to the heart. (Related: Prepper medicine: Combat antibiotic resistance with these medicinal herbs.)
Cayenne for prevention and maintenance
Cayenne pepper is very spicy so you need to build up your spice tolerance over time. Start with only one to two drops of tincture, then slowly increase the dose as you build your tolerance.
Alternatively, you can mix the powder into food and drink cayenne tea.