Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper (capsicum annuum) adds a spicy kick to any meal or drink and is a popular detoxifier for many people. Capsaicin is the compound responsible for cayenne’s spicy nature, but it’s also responsible for some of its health benefits. Some of these benefits include pain relief and lower cholesterol.

Cayenne pepper health benefits:

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Eases an upset stomach and helps digestion
  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves pain

Common uses:

  • Add to sauces, spice mixes, dressing and other dishes
  • Consume as a pill

Cayenne Pepper contains several important nutrients

Cayenne peppers and other types of hot peppers are a concentrated source of many nutrients and can be a healthy addition to your diet.

Here’s the nutritional breakdown for one 45-gram hot red chili pepper (4Trusted Source):

  • Calories: 18
  • Protein: 0.8 grams
  • Fat: 0.2 grams
  • Carbs: 3.9 grams
  • Fiber: 0.7 grams
  • Vitamin C: 72% of the Daily Value
  • Provitamin A: 48% of the Daily Value
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the Daily Value
  • Vitamin K: 5% of the Daily Value