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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  • 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 :)

  • 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?

  • Onealtoy

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

  • 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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  • Nadia321

    I grew up in southern Europe, and we ate spicy food since I remember. When I say spicy, I mean with cayenne pepper. I have nothing but good to say about this spice.I love to use it in my Low sodium Veggie juice, making it very spicy. It helped me lose weight 2 years ago. Never gained it back, using the same type of juice on regular basis. Have no problems with digestion, joint pain, headaches, and I would say that this probably is the reason why..
    I am very thankful and recommend that people get used to cayenne- spicy foods, starting at first with small amount, then increasing it, for sake of their health.

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  • http://www.allgenericdisclaimersapply.tumblr.com aubri

    is it bad that i literally put organic cayenne pepper in everything?

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    Probably not. Do you mean literally literally?

  • http://www.allgenericdisclaimersapply.tumblr.com aubri

    ramen, chicken, pastas… even sometimes in my grilled chicken caesars… asparagus… but never cereal. lol

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  • Tony

    Will cayenne pepper help me with Hemorrhoids? They come out from time to time like, not like a super severe case.





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