17 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Many societies, especially those of the Americas and China, have a history of using cayenne pepper therapeutically. A powerful compound with many uses, cayenne pepper is currently gaining buzz for cleansing and detoxifying regimes such as the Master Cleanse, which uses the spice to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity.

Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria.

The Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

1. Anti-Irritant Properties

Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea.

2. Anti-Cold and Flu Agent

Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows.

3. Anti-Fungal Properties

The results of one study indicated that cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotrichum [1].

4. Migraine Headache Prevention

This may be related to the pepper’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain’s attention to the new site. Following this initial pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance P (the nerve’s pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened.

5. Anti-Allergen

Cayenne is an anti- agent and may even help relieve allergies.

Basket of Cayenne Peppers

6. Digestive Aid

Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This aids the body’s ability to metabolize food (and toxins). Cayenne pepper is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.

7. Anti-Redness Properties

Cayenne’s properties makes it a great herb for many chronic and degenerative conditions.

8. Helps Produce Saliva

Cayenne stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health.

9. Useful for Blood Clots

Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.

10. Detox Support

Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms. By heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is streamlined. Cayenne also causes us to sweat, another important process of detoxification. Combined with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is an excellent morning beverage for total body detox.

11. Joint-Pain Reliever

Extremely high in a substance called capsaicin, cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.

12. Anti-Bacterial Properties

Cayenne is an excellent preservative and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria.

13. Possible Anti-Cancer Agent

Studies done at the Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper may help prevent lung cancer in smokers [2]. This may be again related to cayenne’s high quantity of capsaicin, a substance that might help stop the formation of tobacco-induced lung tumors. Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenne’s resistance to liver tumors.

14. Supports Weight Loss

Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.

15. Promotes Heart-Health

Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also balances the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

16. Remedy for Toothache

Cayenne is an excellent agent against tooth and gum diseases.

17. Topical Remedy

As a poultice, cayenne has been used to treat snake bites, rheumatism, sores, wounds and lumbago.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. P.C. Agarwal, Usha Dev, Baleshwar Singh, Indra Rani, Dinesh Chand, R.K. Khetarpal. Seed-borne fungi identified from exotic pepper (Capsicum spp.) germplasm samples introduced during 1976–2005. PGR Newsletter – Bioversity. issue. 149, pp.39-42.
  2. Urashima M, Segawa T, Okazaki M, Kurihara M, Wada Y, Ida H. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 May;91(5):1255-60. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.29094. Epub 2010 Mar 10.

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  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Tell us more about his experience!

  • http://www.ayurtimes.com/cayenne-pepper/ Ayur Times

    Love this post ;) I also working on cayenne pepper i have write many articles on cayenne pepper i really love to work with pepper, indian pepper and share with you something different :)

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  • Toshiro Hiroyuki

    you cannot use to much i eat franks hot sauce on chicken & many other foods for almost 10 years straight i use a lot of it i can’t eat topatio because it gives me stomach ache i like it but franks doesn’t give me stomach ache

  • Sheila

    Will it help regulate body temperature for those of us that are cold intolerant and have low body temps in the morning, then warm up later in the day. I want to function in the morning, however I am always freezing until about 2 pm… then my body temp raises also, and I can function better… (My mom has the same issue)

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    I’m not aware of that benefit.


    one told me much about cayenne pepper and it was unbelievable but I go therefore and tried it, just 1/2 spoon I’m fine now no more ulcers, it is better to call it one day medicine.

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  • Janet Hix Tagart

    I have been using cayenne pepper every day for about 10 days now. Just a little sprinkled on my food – chicken, tortillas with melted cheese, rice, whatever it might taste good on. I LIKE cayenne and that’s the only reason I got on this “kick”. I’ve noticed a measurable improvement in my overall health – more energy, sleeping better, and my allergies have completely gone away even with the high wind and allergens in the air. BEST OF ALL, as of this morning I have lost 10 lbs in the last 10 days!!! Decided to do some research to see if I could attribute these changes to my use of cayenne pepper and I found this article. YES!!!

  • Shane Brooks

    It’s a GOD Herb in my book for life now :) Started using it. Organic is the one to use. The other brands mostly negate the healing properties. I bought a 1.70 oz of Frontiers Cayenne pepper from Publix( The Green Wise area- Organic dry foods & spice section) for only 5.65 cents. You only use like 1/4 tsp with luke warm water from the tap or bottled water at room temp.(just not cold water). I add some lemonade(squeezed lemons) for flavor and to help with the bite of the pepper. Plus lemonade water has wonderful healing properties aswell. My new health mix drink at least once a day. :)

  • Shane Brooks

    Hopefully the capsules of cayenne pepper is organic(non irradiated cayenne pepper). If not the healing properties will not be that effective.

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  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Agreed, organic is best, if not a must.

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  • Carmen Spence

    Can the cayenne pepper help my COPD breathlessness? if so how will I use it, I find it too hot to take just the powder.

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  • Dennis Sullivan

    I’ve been wondering about my ability to use cayenne, because of my medical conditions. I am currently taking 200mg Metoprolol – 100mg in am, 100mg in evening, 25mg Losartan, 20mg Omeprazol, 80mg Atorvastatin and 90mg Brilinta. I take all of them everyday, I’ve had 2 heart attacks, 4 strokes, and have had two angioplasties and 4 stents so far. I was wondering if I would be able to benefit from the effects of cayenne or if it would not be a good idea. I know I should probably ask my doctors about this but I was wondering if anyone else has these same problems and has been taking cayenne.

    Thank you for any response.

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  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    With those specific of concerns… yes, you absolutely must check with your healthcare advisor to determine what’s going to be best for you!

  • Dennis Sullivan

    Thank you for your reply, I will check with my doctors

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  • Phil

    Do you take capsules or powder?

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  • Sonia Smith

    Thank you everyone. I am going to use Cayenne pepper religiously now. I suffer from nearly everything above. Headaches/Migraines, flu symptoms, high blood pressure. I’ll also be recommending it to people as well.

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  • Chris. Taylor

    Hi, I have peripheral neuropathy, affecting my feet, I have heard tell that capsicum powder made into a cream can help relieve the really bad pain I get.

  • Edward Group

    If you try it, please let us know how it works out for you. I’d be interested to know.

  • craig

    Can anyone tell me how well it works for migraine as i am a chronic sufferer and nothing seems to work

  • Lisa Raquel

    Agree. I use it to clear my throat before I go into the studio to sing or before a performance. Mix it with lemon, honey and water, and I’m good to go :)

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  • melanie

    in am in a very difficult situation. I had gastric bypass surgery that caused an enormous ulcer that is in a dangerous place to operate. hence I now have feeding tube and no life for 2 years. my gag reflex is at 100% I can barely swallow with out throwing up. Does anyone think it would be worth my while to try the capsules and if so what kind and how much or I can put any liquid in my feeding tube would that be beneficial?

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  • Onealtoy

    Alan, if you take Moringa Powder twice a day, you could alleviate taking Omega altogether. Look it up online Moringa powder my superfood

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  • Oso Pardo

    Capsules can cause different effects, the tea is better. Dont worry I been taking this tea for over 2 years daily and still nasty for me. It is not a recreational drink but very good stuff for your health.

  • Aztek DJ

    Approved by your doctor, that’s surprising your lucky!

    Most doctors I have see, apart from the nurse at my surgery are all part of the Big Pharma machine..

    I have had abdominal pains for over a month, which comes with nausea, weakness, loss of breath, tremors and weight loss, I have lost 2 stone in weight. Needless to say I haven’t been fit for work..

    Being told by my Doctor to not eat spicy food, though every time I do my stomach feels better and I keep reading articles online about the benefits of chill peppers especially for abdominal problems. So I have to ask myself, are they telling me the truth??

    So I have just taken my first capsule full of Cayenne pepper, where I am currently feeling a warm sensation in the stomach rejoin.

    Will have to wait and see if my symptoms subside..!

  • Aztek DJ

    I’ve just bought some Cayenne and was thinking how to take it.. So I decided to crack open a capsules that contained Omeprazole, that my Doctor prescribed me, which I’ve stopped taking as it was doing nothing..! Hay Presto! I now have a capsule to put my pepper in..





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