The hot fruit of the cayenne plant (“capsicum annuum”) is what you probably know as “cayenne pepper” in your spice cupboard. Not only has the spice been used in cuisine for thousands of years, it’s also a well established tool in traditional and modern medicine, for many surprising reasons!
How Cayenne Pepper Heals Your Body
From restoring your gut wall to destroying cancer cells and helping you lose weight, cayenne pepper is a superfood you should definitely use more often. Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum) is used for various problems with digestion including upset stomach, intestinal gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, and cramps.
It is also used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including poor circulation, excessive blood clotting, high cholesterol, and preventing heart disease. via WebMD
1. Kills Cancer Cells
Dr. Sanjay K. Srivastava and colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine treated pancreatic cells with capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper (1).
They found that it disrupted mitochondrial function and induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancerous cells without affecting normal pancreatic cells.
“Our results demonstrate that capsaicin is a potent anticancer agent, induces apoptosis in cancer cells and produces no significant damage to normal pancreatic cells, indicating its potential use as a novel chemotherapeutic agent for pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. Srivastava.
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In another study, researchers found that capsaicin suppressed the growth of human prostate cancer cells by about 80%. (2).
Dr. Soren Lehmann of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA School of Medicine said that “Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture. It also dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumours.”
2. Boosts Weight Loss
Controlled studies report that adding 6 to 10 grams of cayenne to each meal reduces hunger after meals and reduces calories consumed during subsequent meals.
Other controlled studies have reported that calorie burning by the body increases slightly when 10 grams of cayenne is added to a meal. via University Of Maryland