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The cayenne pepper is small but mighty. Its many benefits include mood elevation, stress reduction, relief from arthritis, and helping in weight loss.   Illustration source: Wayne Curtis

Cayenne Pepper: Hot and Healthy!

By Mary Curtis

Cayenne pepper is a favorite for many cultures. From Asia to the Americas, the red pepper known as the cayenne pepper (pronounced "KAY-Yen") is an essesntial ingredient in traditional dishes.

The cayenne is a small pepper, but don’t let its size fool you. As small as it is, the cayenne pepper packs a wallop in flavor as well as a wide variety of health benefits.

You might already know that the cayenne pepper is very, very hot. Because of the pepper’s heat, it is hard for some people to get beyond the burning sensation to discover how good it tastes. Difficult as it may be to eat hot pepper, the burning sensation is actually a healthy benefit as research shows the hotness in your mouth actually releases susbstances in your body to help reduce stress!

This spicy red pepper, according to research, helps a variety of conditions including arthritis, weight gain, even preventing infection by boosting immunity. Cayenne can boost your mood by increasing energy and an overall feeling of well-being.

So, how do you start gaining the healthy benefits from cayenne pepper? Here are a few ways to get going:

1. Shopping:

2. Spice up your foods:

3. Make a spicy morning beverage:

These are just a few ways to a healthier you through the wonders of the cayenne pepper.

Learn more about cayenne pepper from these resources: