Nutritional Supplements Library
What is cayenne?
Cayenne pepper is a hot red pepper used to flavor dishes; its name comes from the city of Cayenne in French Guiana. Cayenne contains a resin like pungent substance known as capsaicin. This chemical relieves pain and itching by affecting sensory nerves. Capsaicin temporarily causes the nerves to release various neurotransmitters from these nerves, leading to their depletion. Without the neurotransmitters, pain signals can no longer be sent. The effect is temporary. Capsaicin and other constituents in cayenne have been shown to have several other actions, including reducing platelet stickiness and acting as antioxidants. It has spread across the globe both as food and as medicine. It is also used as ointment or cream form
What is the effective dosage of cayenne supplementation?
Cayenne products are typically standardized in heat units (HU) and/or percent of capsaicin per capsule. Ointment/creams often contain 0.02% to 0.05% capsaicinoids, with dietary supplements providing about 30- 20 mg per capsule. The recommended dosage as a digestive aid is approximately 100-500 mg of cayenne extract (0.15%-0.25% capsaicin) 2-3 times per day with food.
What are the benefits of cayenne supplementation?
• It aids digestive (stimulates gastric secretions).
• It relieves arthritis pain (topical cream).
• It's thermogenic effect (3 grams or more), raises metabolic rate and helps to lose weight.
• It educes allergic symptoms (hay fever-type allergies).
• It prevents migraine headaches.
What are the side effects of cayenne supplementation?
They are no known adverse effects of cayenne, but Capsaicin creams and supplements can cause a mild burning for the first few applications.
It is not recommended during pregnancy (to avoid gastrointestinal irritation) and lactation (because capsaicin may pass into breast milk and cause the milk to be unpalatable to the infant).