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  Healing With Chili Peppers!
              Medicinal use
"Capsaicin is a safe and effective analgesic agent in the management of arthritis pain, herpes zoster-related pain, diabetic neuropathy, postmastectomy pain, and headaches."

Possible health benefits
"All hot chili peppers contain phytochemicals known collectively as capsaicinoids."

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Cayenne & Healing
"Cayenne contains a pungent resin-like substance known as capsaicin. This chemical, the active ingredient of pepper spray or mace, relieves pain and itching by affecting sensory nerves. Capsaicin temporarily causes various neurotransmitters to release from these nerves, leading to their depletion. Without the neurotransmitters, pain signals can no longer be sent. The effect is temporary."

Cayenne pepper (considered the miracle herb by many herbalists) sprinkled in food, broth or tea also promotes sweating to break a fever. Cayenne acts as a catalyst, carrying all other herbs and supplements quickly to the place in the body where they are needed and increasing their effectiveness. It is also high in vitamin C and useful in the treatment of colds, sinus problems and respiratory ailments.  1 teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water is often given to people to drink when a heart attack is taking place.

"Cayenne pepper is used commonly as a thermogenic and to improve blood circulation and general circulatory health."

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Chili Pepper & Nutrition
"Red chilis contain high amounts of vitamin C and carotene ("provitamin A"). In addition, peppers are a good source of most B vitamins, and vitamin B6 in particular. They are very high in potassium and high in magnesium and iron. Their high vitamin C content can also substantially increase the uptake of non-heme iron from other ingredients in a meal, such as beans and grains."
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