Blood clots are blockages in your arteries and blood vessels that restrict blood flow through your circulatory system. They prevent organs and muscle tissues from receiving oxygen and nutrients your body needs for optimal health. Some blood clots, such as those that prevent blood supply to your heart and brain, can be potentially fatal. Cayenne pepper contains a chemical, called capsaicin, which might help clear away artery-narrowing lipid deposits, and might help dilate arteries and blood vessels to clear away clots.
Take cayenne supplements, which are widely available in health food stores in the United States, as well as in some large supermarkets. They are also available through online vitamin and supplement retailers. Cayenne supplements are appropriate if you do not enjoy spicy foods, or if you have a gastrointestinal sensitivity to peppers.
Add fresh, chopped cayenne peppers to Asian stir fry dishes and Indian curries. The intense heat of cayenne complements other ingredients in these dishes, such as legumes, vegetables and meats.
Include fresh or ground cayenne pepper in soups and stews to give these dishes a spicy flavor while enjoying the circulatory benefits of capsaicin. Cayenne is appropriate for chili, beef stew, lentil soup and hearty vegetable soups.
Sprinkle ground cayenne pepper on omelets, frittatas and other breakfast dishes. Add other capsaicin-containing peppers, such as jalapenos or habaneros, to create spicier dishes.
Make a cayenne infusion by steeping 1/4 tsp. of freshly minced cayenne pepper in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. strain the liquid through a tea strainer and drink after meals, up to three times per day.
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis Balch; 2010
- "The New Healing Herbs"; Michael Castleman; 2010