Cayenne pepper has some impressive benefits
People with a taste for spicy foods can appreciate the heat of cayenne pepper, but the health benefits of the spice are just as noteworthy as the taste. Various antioxidants along with capsaicin, the substance that gives cayenne its fiery flavor, make this spice extra healthy. Here are some of the possible benefits of cayenne pepper. (You can also read more about other herbs and spices that are beneficial for your health.)
Relieve achy joints and muscles
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Cayenne pepper may be a natural painkiller for achy joints and muscles. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter treatments for arthritis and muscle pain. A 2014 review in the journal Progressive Drug Research found that the spicy stuff does dial down joint pain from osteoarthritis when applied topically to the skin. And according to the Arthritis Foundation, capsaicin creams also relieve pain from an autoimmune type of arthritis—rheumatoid arthritis—as well as the widespread pain condition fibromyalgia. Over time, these creams may reduce pain by over-activating nerve receptors, which affects their function and spares your pain. Try using one of these creams three times a day, but just be sure to wash your hands after handling them and keep them away from your eyes.