Don’t like spicy food? You might want to start training your taste buds to like cayenne pepper! Cayenne pepper is in the chili pepper family and you can even trace their history back 7
THOUSAND years to Central and South America. Today those regions are known for their hot and spicy foods! Contrary to popular belief it was NOT used for food first, it was used as decoration!
Cayenne pepper has such a unique history behind it. Christopher Columbus came across these amazing plants when he was in the Caribbean Island and brought them back to Europe! So by this statement alone, you can see that they weren’t introduced to the rest of the world until the 15th and 16th century. Because the Caribbean Islands are closer they used cayenne pepper as a substitute for black pepper which was imported from Asia so it was fairly expensive.
Cayenne pepper is now grown all over the world, but the larges commercial producers are China, Turkey, Nigeria, Spain and Mexico.
But this post inst about the history, its about the heath benefits. So how beneficial can a spice be? It can be super beneficial! For instance, it has cardiovascular benefits, it has been shown to even reduce your cholesterol levels! It is even proven healthy for your heart in cultures where hot peppers are used all the time. People in these cultures have less heart attacks and strokes!
If you’ve ever eaten a spicy dish with cayenne we all know that it clears your sinuses! While it clears those sinuses it will also help stimulate secretions that help clear mucus from your lungs! So if you are sick try a hot tea made with cayenne pepper and it will coat your nasal passages and relive congestion and stuffiness!
Here is a small list of other things cayenne pepper is good for!
- Boost Immunity
- Prevent Stomach Ulcers
- helps you Lose Weight
- Helps wound healing
- Fights Inflammation
This list doesn’t even begin to touch how amazing cayenne pepper really is! I don’t know about you but I am definitely going to start training my taste buds for this awesome spice!