Cayenne Pepper Can Help Alleviate Cardiovascular Problems
Either as a powder or in its whole form, cayenne pepper is widely used to sharpen the taste of dishes (such as in Szechuan cuisine).
However, it has also long been used as an herbal medication and is known for its ability to help with cardiovascular problems and joint pain.
Over the years, patients have told me that capsaicin, available as a supplement, has helped alleviate angina and improve heart failure. I don’t know the precise reason why, but I suspect it has vasodilating properties, which explains why it increases circulation (and temperature) wherever it’s applied.
You see, the key compound in cayenne pepper is a pungent substance called capsaicin, which is the main active ingredient in a number of over-the-counter “hot creams” for joint and muscle pain. Capsaicin creates the sensation of heat through a thermogenic effect that raises body temperature and boosts circulation in the area where it’s applied. Taken orally, it may help to burn calories and contribute to weight loss.
It’s easy to include cayenne pepper in your healthy heart nutition program. You can cook with it in chili or other dishes, or sprinkle it on fish, soup, or salads, a few times per week if you like the flavor. As a supplement, you can take 2,000–4,000 mg of cayenne every other day.
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