If you enjoy the hotter things in life, you’re in luck because research shows that consuming cayenne pepper regularly can have a ton of health benefits.

This spicy pepper can be used in cooking in various ways and is a favourite among those who are on a journey to control or prevent weight gain.

Spicy food like cayenne peppers can increase the heat your body produces, helping you to burn more calories per day, reports Healthline. They can also help reduce appetite and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

In addition, it can help protect the stomach against infections, increase digestive fluid production and help deliver enzymes to the stomach, which promotes good digestion.

Another benefit has come to light when research in animal studies showed the capsaicin in cayenne peppers may reduce high blood pressure.

This pepper is also used to treat the common cold or to relieve symptoms of sinus infections. According to Medical News Today, cayenne can help relieve sneezing, congestion, and postnasal drip (when these symptoms are not caused by allergies or smoking).

Note that if you take blood-thinning or blood pressure medication, consult a medical professional before consuming cayenne peppers.

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Anita Froneman