Health benefit – the humble cayenne pepper

Health benefit – the humble cayenne pepper

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Although inherently hot and intolerable even in small amounts, cayennes are one of the health-benefiting spice items concentrated with minerals, vitamins and certain phyto-nutrients.

It is no wonder this wonderful spice has been found a place in modern as well as in traditional medicines for its disease preventing and health promoting properties.


Cayenne contains health benefiting an alkaloid compound capsaicin, which gives strong spicy pungent character.

Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. When used judiciously it also found to reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.


Fresh cayenne peppers, red or green, are rich source of vitamin-C. 100 g fresh chilies provide about 76.4 mg or about 127% of RDA. Vitamin-C is a potent water soluble antioxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis in the body.

Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones.

Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.


Cayenne chili peppers are perhaps the richest source of vitamin A among spice.

Just 100 g of cayenne has 41,610 IU or astoundingly 1387% of vitamin A. In addition, this prized spice is also home for anti-oxidant flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein, zea xanthin and cryptoxanthin.

Together, these antioxidants in capsicum help to protect the body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress, and disease conditions.


The spice contains very high levels of essential minerals.

The spice if even consumed in small quantities regularly would provide sufficient levels of iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium.

Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Selenium is an anti-oxidant trace element required by the human body for smooth heart and liver functions.


100 g of cayenne peppers provides 2014 mg or 47% of a daily-required amount of potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte in the cells and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. It thus counters the bad effects of sodium.


Cayenne peppers are also good in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. B-complex vitamins facilitate cellular metabolism through various enzymatic functions.

Cayenne peppers have amazingly very high levels of vitamins and minerals. Just 100 g provides (in % of Recommended daily allowance):
127% of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid),
39% of vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine),
54% of niacin,
71% of riboflavin,
1387% of vitamin A,
97.5% of iron,
41% of copper,
43% of potassium,
but no cholesterol.”      www.nutrition-and-you.com

 

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“Cayenne fruit extract — Originally from South America, the cayenne plant is now used worldwide as a food and spice. Closely related to bell peppers, jalapeños and paprika, the cayenne pepper is known for its capsaicinoids, which contribute spiciness to chilli peppers and similar fruits. Capsaicinoids are associated with body temperature”. www.neways .com

Cayenne pepper is available in FitChoice PEP                                               

FitChoice PEP has been formulated to help and support an exercise programme by increasing endurance,

performance and capacity for exercise.                             

It’s a delicate balance of making sure that what you burn isn’t outdone by what you take in. It’s all about energy – energy in, energy out.

Lifestyle, age and genetics all play a part in determining our metabolic rate. A low metabolic rate helps the body to conserve energy supplies but unless those supplies are expended, weight gain may occur. Whether your metabolic rate is slower due to genetics or age you may find it harder to control your weight in the long term.

The most effective strategy to increase your metabolic weight is a daily dose of moderate exercise – just enough to increase your heart rate and make you out of breath. This won’t just burn up extra calories but can keep your metabolism revved up for some hours afterwards, as the muscles burn calories to repair themselves.

Your diet is an important aspect of a healthy exercise programme. It’s not simply about counting calories but also about making sure you have the right nutrients to support an exercise programme as well as a mental commitment to that routine.

Thermogenesis is the term used to describe the process of heat production in organisms – and supports calorie expenditure. Most commonly it takes place during and immediately after exercise and also manifests itself as shivering where the body is actually maintaining its core temperature by burning additional calories.

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