Cayenne fruits, more commonly called cayenne peppers, can do more than just spice up your meals: they may relieve a variety of conditions. Cayenne has long been used as a form of traditional medicine. Before using any supplement, check with your doctor, especially if you are taking prescription medication. Cayenne capsules are designed for internal use and should not be broken open for topical use.
Indigestion can cause discomfort, nausea and bloating. In 2002, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics reported that patients who ingested cayenne daily for five weeks experience significant relief of indigestion symptoms.
Taking cayenne fruit capsules may help you lose weight. Patients who used a supplement containing cayenne along with their diet and exercise program lost more fat and maintained more lean muscle mass than similar patients who used diet and exercise alone, according to a 1998 study published in the journal Advances in Therapy. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, cayenne helps the body generate heat, which may temporarily increase the rate at which calories are burned, and may help regulate blood sugar levels.
Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications can be irritating to the stomach. Taking cayenne capsules may help prevent that irritation. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center notes that cayenne may help prevent ulcers caused by anti-inflammatory medications, while a 1995 report in "Digestive Diseases and Sciences" noted that ingestion of chili peppers reduced stomach lining injury in patients taking aspirin.
- "Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics"; The Treatment of Functional Dyspepsia with Red Pepper; M. Bortolotti et al.; 2002
- "Advances in Therapy;" Four-Week Supplementation with a Natural Dietary Compound Produces Favorable Changes in Body Composition; W. W. Hoeger et al.; 1998
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Cayenne
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Cayenne
- "Digestive Diseases and Sciences"; Chili Protects Against Aspiring-Induced Gastroduodenal Mucosal Injury in Humans; K. G. Yeoh et al.; 1995