There is a popular spice that's a staple ingredient in most people’s kitchen cupboards. We like it for the extra kick it gives our curries, and the way it can be just the element we’re looking for to save a dish from being bland.
What people may not be aware of, however, is the powerful health protecting capabilities this spice offers. It could actually even save your life, as long as you know how to use it properly.
This fiery spice is also known as chili pepper or capsicum frutescens and it can be found in many stores and supermarkets. When powdered, it is reddish-orange in colour.
Finding a good quality cayenne pepper is very important though; if you go for cheap, irradiated supermarket herbs and spices, you’ll not only be missing out on quality – they’ll be ineffective and toxic. Choose an organic variety from a reputable health food supplier.
Cayenne pepper is medicine
Although we may consider it a food ingredient rather than a health product, it could serve us well to change this perspective; cayenne has been used around the world as a medicine for hundreds of years.
This life saving pepper contains a substance called capsaicin, which is capable of raising the body’s temperature; we all know how it feels when you bite down on a hot chili pepper – that feeling of intense burning heat your mouth isn’t one you forget easily!
It helps poor circulation
The capsaicin in these peppers is said to be the most powerful substance on Earth for stimulation of blood circulation. In the same way, it helps your digestive processes.
There is something great about the way cayenne stimulates circulation though; it does so without causing any negative side effects, such as palpitations or raised blood pressure.
It is a pain killer
Cayenne has pain killing properties too; this is why it is used in some topical medical pain killing products.
It is commonly used to treat headaches, dental pain and sore throats, but can provide temporary relief from many kinds of pain – even chronic pain.
Cayenne is useful when it comes to all of the above, but it can do so much more. This wonder spice is actually capable of preventing heart disease, and even heart attacks and strokes in the moment, if caught quickly.
This fiery spice can lower blood pressure, and at the same time is capable of increasing the heart’s action.
It is the capsaicin content that brings energy to the cardiovascular system, improving its activity for better heart health.
Heart attacks and strokes
It is possible to stop a heart attack or stroke in its tracks if caught quickly, which is why it would be a good idea to carry around some cayenne pepper at all times.
If you happen to be in the vicinity when someone has a heart attack or stroke, you may well be the one to save that person’s life. The results should be nothing short of amazing – this simple remedy can work in under a minute, and the chances are that several minutes later, that person will be functioning normally.
There has even been instances recorded where cayenne brought people back from the dead, after oral administration of cayenne.
It goes without saying that a heart attack or stroke sufferer should seek medical treatment even if revived by cayenne pepper; it is important to be checked over afterwards in case of serious damage or possible defects.
Cayenne can also be used as a preventative measure. Prevention is always better than cure, so it is a good idea to introduce more cayenne into the diet on a regular basis to strengthen the heart and improve circulation to the brain.
Keep cayenne pepper on you at all times
Cayenne tincture is a good thing to carry around with you. It can be easier to distribute tincture to a person in trouble than getting them to drink a cup of tea with cayenne in it, but both of these methods are thought to be the most effective ones.
You could also consider carrying it in capsule form, or making capsules of it yourself from the powder, but these may not be as effective in an emergency.
Be sure to carry it when you are undertaking any strenuous or stressful activities that might put a strain on the heart.
As part of a healthy diet, cayenne could be just the preventative measure you need, but it’s good to know that such a simple and easily sourced product could literally save a life.
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