Capsaicin, the active ingredient in Cayenne peppers is what gives these bright red peppers their super powers. In fact, its why there are Cayenne Pepper Benefits for Weight Loss. Capsaicin is what makes them spicy hot and gives them their medicinal properties.
There are science-backed benefits from cayenne peppers including weight loss, boosting metabolism, reducing hunger, may lower blood pressure, help with pain, supports digestive system, and may even lower your risk of cancer.
Can you handle a little hotter spice in your diet? It may be worth trying to include cayenne pepper as one of your ingredients when cooking.
Cayenne Pepper Benefits for Weight Loss
Did you know that hot and spicy foods may help you burn more calories? These spicy Cayenne peppers will boost your metabolism, increase your body temperature, and help you burn those unwanted calories.
Cayenne Peppers have the most powerful natural ingredients that can aid in weight loss and are considered a super food. They contain a special ingredient known as capsaicin, which gives them their hot taste and causes your body temperature to rise, making you burn more calories, and boost your metabolism.
Diet-induced thermogenesis, known for increasing the metabolism, has been researched, tested, and proven to help people burn more calories during a meal when eating peppers containing capsaicin as well as medium-chain triglyceride oil. Cayenne peppers also increase your body’s ability to burn fat and swap it for energy, helping you achieve your weight loss goals faster.
Beneficial Qualities of Cayenne Peppers
Cayenne peppers have been used by Native Americans for at least 9000 years. They are known for using it in their cuisines as well as for its medicinal properties. There are many health benefits of cayenne pepper and most are attributed to the ingredient capsaicin.
These hot peppers contain Vitamin A & C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and more. I’ve listed the nutritional facts down below.
Nutritional Facts for 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper:
Fat: 1 gram
Carbs: 3 grams
Fiber: 1.4 grams
Vitamin A: 44% of the RDI
Vitamin E: 8% of the RDI
Vitamin C: 7% of the RDI
Vitamin B6: 6% of the RDI
Vitamin K: 5% of the RDI
Manganese: 5% of the RDI
Potassium: 3% of the RDI
Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
Capsaicin; the active ingredient in cayenne peppers, is what gives them their medicinal properties. (Source)
Homegrown Cayenne Peppers
Cayenne Peppers are very easy to grow and require very little maintenance. They should be grown outdoors in a warm climate or indoors in a greenhouse. They require a lot of sunshine, so whether you plant indoors or outdoors choose your spot wisely.
Growing cayenne pepper plants requires well-drained soil. My suggestion is to plant them in a raised bed. I use homemade planter boxes about 1 foot deep and 12 feet long with a mixture of soils such as Miracle Grow garden soil, compost, and top soil. This works very well for me here in North Carolina.
I plant my cayenne peppers in the early part of summer. They are perennials which makes them a multi-harvest plant. Once these pepper plants start producing, they will continue to produce all the way up until the first frost.
When picking these peppers from the plants, it is best to use a small knife to cut them off at the stem. The plants will be healthier and undamaged, making them produce more peppers.
So now you see, it is easy to grow your own and a lot more fun than going to the store and buying them. Next summer, pick your spot, prepare the soil, plant your peppers, keep soil moist, and give them lots of sunshine!
For more information about growing your peppers, visit “How to Grow Cayenne Peppers” on wikiHow.
Easy Ways to Include in Your Diet
There are several ways you can include cayenne pepper in your diet. Below are some easy ways I’ve found to include it in my diet and recommend for you to try.
Stir-Fry’s – Cayenne peppers have a great taste and can easily be sliced and thrown into stir-fry. Just remember that it is spicy hot, so add it according to taste. (Can be substituted with crushed red pepper)
Marinades – Try giving your BBQ sauce a little kick or include in your homemade dressings and hot wing sauces.
Smoothies – Cayenne pepper is a great additive for a vegetable smoothie. I have added it to my Iron Blast Smoothie and it gives it a little more flavor and spice. Please visit my YouTube Channel and Subscribe.
Salsa – I make a very hot and spicy salsa, “Best Salsa from Fresh Tomatoes”, and add several types of chopped peppers in it, including cayenne peppers.
Chili – Cayenne pepper is great when added to chili. The added hot spice will warm you up on those cold winter days.
Homemade Beef Jerky – I make a great beef jerky using my dehydrator, “Devara’s Kicken “HOT” Spicy Beef Jerky”using cayenne pepper.
Detox – As I mention a little further down the page, it’s a great addition for your detox recipes and it’ll give it a little boost.
As you can see, there are many ways to add these peppers to your daily diet. If you don’t like hot spices, just limit how much you use. When it’s added in powder form, it is easier to control how hot you make your dishes.
Are you one that likes hot and spicy foods? Use the seeds from the peppers when cooking with them. The seeds will light you up, so watch out!
This detox recipe is not too tasty and recommended to drink fast, but you will enjoy the results. Apple Cider Vinegar Detox/w cayenne pepper is very good for your digestive system. It can help with bloating, constipation, and fatigue.
I like to mix mine in a blending bottle or my used 20oz. disposable water bottle.
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar “Raw Unfiltered” and contains “Mother”
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice (Fresh or bottled)
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Honey or Stevia
- 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Red Pepper
Add all the ingredients to your bottle with 16 ounces of hot or cold water; I prefer mine warm. Put the lid on your bottle and shake it up. Drink it down fast! The taste is not pleasant but the way it makes you feel later is pretty awesome.
For another great detox, you can try Dr. Axe’s “Secret Detox Drink” in the video below.
Dehydrate and Crush your own cayenne peppers
If you grow your own peppers, you will soon find out that these bright red little guys multiply very fast. You’ll have more than you know what to do with. I’ve pickled them, chopped them in a food chopper and put in the freezer for later use, and I’ve dehydrated them so I can crush my own red pepper.
Crushed red pepper will last for a very long time and it makes it very easy to add to foods, detox drinks, or smoothies. It’s also good sprinkled on top of soup for those cold winter days.
Other Benefits from Cayenne Peppers
1. May help reduce hunger – There have been studies that show the capsaicin in cayenne peppers can reduce the production of the hunger hormone, thus reducing hunger. Therefore, they may help you eat less and feel fuller for longer.
2. Can help lower blood pressure – Studies done on animals have shown that capsaicin appears to reduce their blood pressure.
3. May boost your metabolism – Cayenne pepper is known for increasing the metabolism and has been researched, tested, and proven to help people burn more calories. Although the effects can be small, and those that eat hot peppers often may not be affected at all. Cayenne pepper is a great additive for your weight loss goals, but you will get the best results when you follow a good diet and exercise plan.
4. Can aid in digestive health – Cayenne peppers may help improve your digestive health, reduce the risk of stomach ulcers, and help defend against infections. (source)
5. Known to help relieve pain when used as a cream (also can improve Psoriasis) – Capsaicin creams can help relieve itching, joint pain, arthritis pain, and even neck pain. (I recommend applying it with latex gloves on). This cream is powerful and will get into your pores. It is hard to wash off of your finger tips and trust me, it’s no fun getting it in your eyes!
6. Can help reduce the risk of cancer – Based on laboratory and animal studies, capsaicin may help reduce the risk of cancer by slowing the growth of cancer cells.
I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Not only do I include cayenne pepper in my meals, smoothies, and detox drinks, I also have a healthy diet and exercise plan. Together, I maintain a healthy weight with little struggle.
In the image above, I am in my own personal fitness room wearing my Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer. You can find my review on Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer by clicking here. It helps with water weight by making you sweat more in your belly, hip, and back areas.
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