Cayenne Pepper and Capsaicin
Cayenne is a pepper from the capsicum family of hot peppers, more commonly known as chili peppers. Capsaicin is the main component in hot pepper plants which are members of the Capsicum genius. The spicy heat in chili peppers is derived from high levels of capsaicinoids.
Research suggests that these peppers also derive extraordinary properties of healing from the capsaicinoids, notably anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer and heart-healthy properties. Capsaicin has also been widely studied for its ability to help prevent ulcers and its pain relieving effects. Why use cayenne pepper for ulcer?
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.
Cayenne Helps to Prevent Ulcers
A gastric ulcer is an open sore in the lining of the stomach. Various remedies have been known to assist in aiding digestion and relieving the symptoms of an ulcer, including ginger ale, yogurt, and antacids like Pepto-Bismol and Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia. While these remedies do calm the stomach, recent studies on gastric disorders show that capsaicin may actually lead to a cure for certain intestinal diseases.
Researchers have noted that throughout South America where the diet of the people is largely capsaicin–based, paricularly cayenne and jalapeño peppers, the prevalence of intestinal, stomach and colon cancer are very low compared to those in the United States.
You might naturally think that hot pepper would add to the discomfort of your stomach or mouth ulcer. On the contrary cayenne pepper will neither cause nor aggravate an ulcer, but rather try to prevent the ulcer by killing the bacteria which you may have ingested. In addition it will greatly stimulate the cells which line the stomach to secrete protective juices which can prevent the formation of ulcers. The use of cayenne pepper for ulcer is associated with a possibly reduced risks of stomach ulcers.
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