Cayenne pepper

Oh fiery cayenne! I’m pretty heavy handed with it, but then my partner doesn’t call me the Chilli Queen for nothing. 

Many of the health benefits of cayenne pepper, such as it’s reported ability to ease aches and pains, are due to the active ingredient capsaicin. 

Nutritional properties: 
 

Cayenne pepper is a good source of: (Bold indicates strong source of)

  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
  • Vitamin K
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Iron
  • Potassium

Cautions
 

Cayenne pepper is a member of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, red and green bell peppers and chillies. It is best to stay away from nightshades if you are working on reducing heat and inflammation in the body. Macrobiotics also recommend steering clear of cayenne and it’s stimulating effects 

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