Cayenne Pepper

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Dr. Christopher:
One of his greatest stories in his long career was how he could instantly stop a heart attack if he could get the patient to drink a glass of warm Capsicum water. He said, "A teaspoon of cayenne should bring the patient out of the heart attack."

The drink, when taken faithfully, will dramatically improve your heart health as well as your venous structure. Drink it with warm distilled water but if that is unavailable, purified water will substitute nicely. Start by mixing about a quarter of a teaspoon in a glass of warm water. Then, down the hatch. Don't worry, you'll get used to it. Of course, the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of the cayenne you're using should be known. Most Capsicum is between
30,000 to 50,000 SHUs.

Key Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper: Taken raw - not the same as cooking

This herb is a great food for the circulatory system in that it feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so that these regain the elasticity of youth again, and the blood pressure adjusts itself to normal. It rebuilds the tissue in the stomach and heals the stomach and intestinal ulcers; in equalizing the blood circulation, it produces natural warmth in your body; and in stimulating the peristaltic motion of the intestines, it aids in assimilation and elimination.

• It regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet so that the pressure is equalized; it influences the heart immediately, then gradually extends its effects to the arteries, capillaries, and nerves (the frequency of
the pulse is not increased, but is given more vigor).

• Human circulation; it is warming; dilating; specific for varicose veins; equalizes the blood pressure in the arterial and venous system; actually equalizes blood pressure instantly. It is useful in alleviating allergies, muscle cramp, improving digestion, gives more pep and energy, and helps wound healing with minimal scar tissue.

• It is a counter-irritant; it brings blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be taken away.

In an article reported on March 16, 2006 by Reuters, the main ingredient in Capsicum, capsaicin, was found to destroy prostate cancer cells. Here is what the article said, "Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a process known as apoptosis, the researchers said. Prostate cancer tumors in mice fed capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice, they reported in the journal Cancer Research. 'Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture,' said Dr. Soren Lehmann of the Cedars- Sinai Medical Center and the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine."

What are the side effects of cayenne pepper? What are its bad points? Well, it is certainly hot to the taste and can take some getting used to. (It is bearable, though, and it's not as bad as you think.) Drinking it is not for the faint of heart. Actually, it literally is. 🙂

In addition, when one starts to imbibe Capsicum via a glass of warm water -- that is the preferred and ideal method -- it can come out during a bowel movement with an uncomfortable burning. This is temporary, though. Still, don't worry, it is very, very beneficial and the body will quickly adapt. In fact, Capsicum (another word for cayenne) will help clear up hemorrhoids if taken regularly -- especially if the hemorrhoid sufferer changes their diet to one very rich in fiber.

according to studies done at the University of Maryland Medical Center (2010) in the United States, researchers conclude that those "who are allergic to latex, bananas, kiwi, chestnuts, and avocado may also have an allergy to cayenne" (para. 19). Moreover, researchers at the Univ. of Maryland also assert that "Eating Capsicum as a spice is considered safe during pregnancy, but pregnant women should avoid taking Capsicum as a supplement. Capsicum does pass into breast milk, so nursing mothers should avoid Capsicum both as a spice and a supplement" (para. 20).

Hotter is not necessarily better

"I gave my boyfriend [Kevin] 1/2 tsp [of 160,000 SHU] Capsicum and had him slam a bunch of water (45 min or so after we ate) and after 5 min his stomach was cramping so bad, then his face became flush red, his eyes rolled in his head, he wasn't breathing, he passed out with his eyes open (for about 4 seconds) and his jaw locked up. Then he came back, breathing became normal and turned pasty white got up stumbled to the bathroom threw up less than a tablespoon of dark liquid and his whole body was covered in a light sweat. Now he is laying on the couch, nothing is swelling or itching and he is not having any problems breathing. It is about 20 min later he feels a little chilled, can sense the cayenne is or was in his stomach although it doesn't burn he says he can feel that it is present." Needless to say, I'd never heard of such a reaction to it and I have to admit I was a little spooked as to what happened. The next day, I talked to a relative who is a registered nurse. I also talked to a master herbalist and the consensus
with both was that he went into shock for just a few seconds and then came out of it. (That was my thought too, actually.)

The follow up to the story is that Kevin has started taking it but in a more measured, sensible manner and is doing fine (he's up to half a teaspoon two times a day with 40,000 SHU Capsicum). So, this story had a happy ending but it
still should be very instructive to you. This spice is a very powerful therapeutic herbal agent

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