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Cayenne

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Cayenne information, FAQ and product listing page. This page contains information and frequently asked questions about cayenne as well as a complete list of products containing cayenne.

What is cayenne and what does it do?

Cayenne, AKA Capsicum annuum and Capsicum frutescens, is a plant that is a member of the pepper family and is found in South America. Cayenne contains not only capsicum oleoresin, but also vitamin C and potassium.

Cayenne may also be known as Capsicum annuum, Chili Pepper, Goat’s Pod, Grain of Paradise, Mexican Chillies, Paprika, Red Pepper, Sweet Pepper, Zanzibar Pepper, and Tabasco Pepper.

Cayenne can be obtained through your diet or by supplementation in the form of powder, tea, capsules, as well as fresh or dried peppers.

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What are the benefits of taking cayenne?

Cayenne is typically used as an additional flavor for food. Individuals that use cayenne find that the spicy flavor found in cayenne enhances the eating experience.

Cayenne (in various forms) has been used successfully for medical purposes. For example, when applied topically cayenne (capisicum) containing products are effective for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy psoriasis, and pain from shingles and fibromyalgia.

Cayenne assists with pain relief by acting as a counter-irritant (by opposing existing pain signals and blocking their transmission along the spine). Evidence also suggests that cayenne (taken in capsual format) provides relief from colic, gas, indigestion, poor appetite, colds, fever, headaches and general pain.

Cayenne also has antifungal properties, and acts against a range of forms of bacteria. It is effective in stopping the growth of some cancers and consumption of cayenne has been correlated with lower occurances of stomach-cancer, although newer research calls this correlation into question.

It is used widely as an effective treatment for reducing the severity of heartburn symptoms, and can even be effective for speeding weight loss.

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Who can benefit from taking cayenne?

Everyone can benefit from supplementing cayenne, or increasing cayenne intake through diet. In particular, those people with the desire to reduce oxidative stress (athletes) and lose weight can benefit from taking cayenne.

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How much cayenne should I take?

Not standard dosages of cayenne have been recommended. Cayenne also has no recommended RDA. Strictly adhere to label directions found on the supplement package.

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Does cayenne have any side effects?

Because of its spicy flavor, cayenne is not everyone. People that have ulcers, gastritis, and heartburn should not use any product containing cayenne. Those that are suffering from Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) should also not consume cayenne as it may exacerbate their condition.

Some people also might experience allergic reactions to cayenne, as well as those taking asperin because of the drug interactions between to the two. Before supplementing cayenne, it’s important that you consult a medical professional.

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