How can cayenne pepper help anxiety?

This post is in response to a reader question left on my post: Natural Treatments for Anxiety. The reader asked:

“I have not heard of cayenne pepper being used for anxiety. Interesting! Just how would you use it?”

Before we get into how to use cayenne pepper let’s first take a look at why cayenne pepper could be a natural treatment for anxiety.

Cayenne Pepper contains CAPSICUM

  • Capsicum is a phytochemical which provides cayenne pepper with its heat but also acts as a natural painkiller, stimulates blood flow, and provides antibacterial activity. Capsicum can also reduce triglyceride levels in the blood, act as a mild analgesic, and increase the production of endorphins!

Due to the healing powers of capsicum, cayenne pepper has traditionally been used for:

  • Cayenne Pepper can get you here :)  Photo Credit: profitnessconsulting.com

    Cayenne Pepper can get you here 🙂 Photo Credit: profitnessconsulting.com

    General pain relief

  • Preventing heart attacks & strokes
  • Protection against ulcers
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Improved digestion

But it may also be used to treat ANXIETY

  • Endorphins are responsible for providing a euphoric sensation. Due to capsicum’s ability to increase the production of endorphins as well naturally block pain signals to your brain capsicum, as well as cayenne pepper, may be an excellent natural treatment for anxiety.

Best way to ingest it:

  • Mix ¼ teaspoon dried cayenne powder into a glass of water or juice. Sip slowly to gauge your tolerance of the heat and adjust the dosage accordingly.
  • Consume 1-2 capsules of dried cayenne powder 2-3 times a day

References:

  • Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Dietary Wellness. New York: Avery, 2003. Print.
  • “Cayenne Pepper and Anxiety.” LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 16 Aug. 2011. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.
  • Foster, Steven, and Rebecca L. Johnson. Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, n.d. Print.
  • Pedersen, Mark. Nutritional Herbology: A Reference Guide to Herbs. Warsaw, IN: Wendell W. Whitman, 1998. Print.

 

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