The silver bullet to enhancing your metabolism, coupled with simple lifestyle habits
02/04/2019 // Mary Miller // Views

Metabolism is the sum total of many chemical and physical processes that occur within your body to keep you alive. If you have a fast metabolism, this means that you can process foods into energy at a much quicker rate than on average. However, if you have a sluggish metabolism, your body will have a hard time processing your nutrient intake into energy. This will likely lead to an increased risk of health issues, such as obesity and weight gain. Fortunately, consuming cayenne peppers can help boost your metabolism, when combined with simple lifestyle habits.

Cayenne pepper is a hot chili pepper in the Capsicum family that originated from Central and South America. Due to its powerful and fiery flavor, it is frequently used to enhance the flavor of dishes from a wide variety of cultures, including Korean, Sichuan, and other Asian cuisines. In fact, Native Americans have been using cayenne peppers in their traditional cuisine and medicine for thousands of years. It also contains important nutrients, such as potassium, manganese, riboflavin, fiber, and vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K.  This natural herb can provide many health benefits, such as boosting your metabolism, aiding in digestive health, relieving pain, and more. (Related: Cayenne pepper can relieve pain, boost metabolism and more.)

How the silver bullet of cayenne pepper can enhance your metabolism

The silver bullet that can help eliminate your slow metabolism is called capsaicin. It is an active ingredient found in cayenne peppers. Eating certain foods, such as cayenne peppers, can alter your metabolism in a process called thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is the thermic effect of food, which can cause an increase in your metabolism. By increasing the amount of heat your body produces, capsaicin can help you burn more calories per day. To get the best results in enhancing your metabolism, it is recommended that you take at least one gram of capsaicin.


Additionally, you can use cayenne pepper to help you reduce your hunger cravings. Eating it will let your stomach feel fuller for much longer periods. If you don't feel hungry as often, you will likely end up eating less food over time. This can also help to reduce your calorie intake. One study even showed that capsaicin can decrease your body's production of a hunger hormone called ghrelin.

Other health benefits of capsaicin

Aside from boosting your metabolism, this silver bullet can target additional health issues. Here are a few ways capsaicin can improve your overall health:

  • Capsaicin has pain-relieving properties. Your body produces a neuropeptide called substance P. Substance P travels to your brain to signal it if you are feeling any kind of pain. If it is applied to the skin in the form of a healing cream, capsaicin may help to relieve pain by reducing the amount of substance P in the affected area. With the decreased levels of substance P, your brain won't receive the pain signals as much. The skin cream form of capsaicin can be useful in alleviating joint and muscle pain, lower back pain, surgery-related pain, and pain caused by nerve conditions, such as shingles. However, it is important that the capsaicin skin cream should not be applied to open wounds.
  • Capsaicin may improve psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that manifests as red, flaky patches on the skin. Capsaicin skin creams can alleviate the skin areas affected by psoriasis. It can reduce itching and make the skin appear healthier. Furthermore, substance P is believed to be linked to psoriasis. Since capsaicin reduces the levels of substance P, it may also help minimize psoriasis-related pain.

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