Here’s How Cayenne Pepper Supports Gut Health
Red pepper, which is commonly known as cayenne pepper has been widely consumed in Southeast Asia, Creole, China, Italy, and Mexico. It has also played a pivotal role as medicine and food for Native Americans for at least 9000 years. Many studies have revealed that cayenne pepper fights against cancer, osteoarthritis, obesity, and psoriasis. However, its role in keeping the digestive tract healthy has recently come to light. So, for many who repeatedly suffer from heartburn, acidity, indigestion, and ulcers, red pepper may actually be the solution.
Usually many suggest avoiding spicy ingredients when heartburn strikes or if one is suffering from ulcers. However, the active ingredient in red capsicum, known as capsaicin, is therapeutic for the gut. Capsaicin triggers the release of substance P, a neurotransmitter, which is responsible for the burn in the mouth and the stomach. However, repeated exposure to capsaicin reduces the release of substance P and alleviates pain, especially observed in irritable bowel syndrome and chronic ulcers.
Many studies have revealed that cayenne pepper fights against cancer, osteoarthritis, obesity, and psoriasis
Curbs Heartburn And Improves Gut Microbiota
Many short-term studies have reported reduction in pain, bloating and nausea in individuals suffering from dyspepsia or heartburn. Capsaicin also helps protect the gut lining and reduces any gastric injury. A healthy gut lining is a sign of healthy gut microbiota which in turn promotes good immunity.
These peppers are a rich source of carotene which is a potent antioxidant. It is also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which are flavonoids that protect the body from harmful free radicals.
Although, you can start incorporating peppers in your usual diet plan, be sure not to consume any tablet, capsules, and powders or apply any capsaicin creams without the supervision of a medical practitioner. Capsaicin interacts with medications related to blood pressure, diabetes and aspirins and can have a negative impact on your health.