Cayenne Fruit

Cayenne pepper has been used for its ability to boost digestion and help avoid stomach aches, gas and cramps. Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine from India, both recommend cayenne to stimulate the flow of stomach secretions and saliva, per Organic Foods. It also facilitates the production of digestive enzymes that help break down food and toxins, per Dr. Axe, citing reputable sources.

As for weight loss and weight management, many studies show that cayenne pepper may reduce hunger, and help individuals eat less and feel satiated longer. One study found that individuals who drank a beverage with capsaicin ate 16% less than those who didn’t, while another found that it reduced the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin. Cayenne has also been shown to increase metabolism, through a process called diet-induced thermogenesis.

Various studies indicate that capsaicin may serve as an anti-cancer agent. The capsaicin in cayenne pepper may reduce the risk of cancer by attacking different pathways in the cancer cell growth process, per Healthline. Studies have demonstrated that the active ingredient can slow the growth of cancer cells and in some instances cause cell death for a range of cancers including prostate, pancreatic and skin. It’s important to note however, that human studies are needed before any conclusion can be made.

Other findings support cayenne’s use in lowering blood pressure and improving blood circulation, reducing pain including headaches and arthritis, boosting the body’s ability to protect itself against sickness and disease, alongside other healing properties.