Cayenne Pepper

These peppers are cool for nutrition but not so “cool” on the taste buds. The cayenne pepper is a part of the chili pepper family. The reasons these peppers are hot are because of the capsaicin in them. This is very beneficial for reducing inflammation. It also has great cardiovascular support and nasal congestion clearing properties. In addition they are also full of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. These powerful peppers can help with immune support, asthma, arthritis, colon health, stomach ulcers, and issues with diabetes.
These peppers are considered Nightshade vegetables, which means they might not be suitable for everyone, especially those sensitive to spicy foods.

Cool Cayenne Peppers

How to Choose and Keep
Cayenne peppers are best chosen dried. Local spice stores should have the best quality. Try to choose organic as much as possible. They should be kept in a sealed glass jar away from the sun.


Preparation
Cayenne is a great addition to lots of meals. Just add a pinch to lots of recipes. It is great with lemon juice when cooking bitter leafy greens.


Nutrients
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Vitamin K, and Manganese


Action Steps
1. Find a nice local store with fresh dried cayenne or find some organic cayenne in a glass container at any store.
2. Try a pinch when sautéing leafy greens.
3. Cayenne is also a great addition to stir fry dishes.


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