Properties and Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper, also known botanically as Capsicum annuum, was given the common name cayenne because of its cultivation in the South American town of Cayenne in French Guiana.
Dried cayenne pepper contains the valuable nutrients of vitamins A, C and B6 (pyridoxine), and also contains manganese and dietary fiber making it high in antioxidant carotenes and flavonoids.
Cayenne pepper, like other chili peppers, actually contains about twice the amount of vitamin C found in most citrus fruits. It is used to flavor home-made soups, stews chilis, salsas, stir-fries and many other dishes.
The main benefits of cayenne pepper, apart from its culinary use and other health benefits, is that it is believed to help heart disease, lower cholesterol and relieve mouth and stomach ulcers contrary to some schools of thought.