Cayenne Pepper: A Possible Diabetes Treatment Method?
Cayenne pepper is a spice that adds depth to many dishes and dietary recommendations due to its fiery heat. A member of the Capsicum family of vegetables, cayenne pepper is also used for medicinal purposes in many cultures. It is a source of vitamins A, B, C and E plus potassium and riboflavin, all of which are essential the body. The spice is known for increasing blood circulation and has been shown to help maintain blood sugar levels in diabetics. The discovery of cayenne pepper dates back to around the 15th and 16th centuries and it is commonly associated with regions of Central and South America that are known for fiery vegetables, spices and other hot products. Cayenne pepper has grown in popularity over the last three decades in other parts of the world.
Cayenne pepper has been shown to help avert stomach ulcers and effectively open nasal passages. In addition to its nutritional benefit, cayenne peppers have also been shown to reduce the symptoms associated with other illnesses such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The antioxidant properties associated with the pepper have also alleviated damage that comes from illnesses such as colon cancer. In addition, it has been demonstrated that cayenne pepper stimulates the production of saliva in the body, as well as acting against tooth and gum diseases. Due to its overwhelming effects on the body, it has been promulgated that cayenne pepper can indeed help to alleviate diabetic symptoms when eaten or taken orally.
Studies in recent years have continued to show that cayenne pepper has many benefits to diabetics. Commonly used in the “Master Cleanse” diet in conjunction with lemonade and maple syrup, the immediate effects of cayenne pepper seem to be a reduction in weight and a cleansing of the intestines. The particular cleanse is associated with promoting rapid weight loss via the elimination of solid foods in the body. The cleanse must be repeated within a period of 10 days. Although a powerful diet, it is often recommended especially for diabetics seeking to lose weight to ease into the diet. Along with the results that many diabetics and other individuals have received from cayenne pepper, researchers have noted that it can also assist in keeping blood sugar levels stable in diabetics. Despite the fact that there is only a small amount of research on the subject of cayenne pepper and diabetes, the antioxidant properties of the spice outweigh the nominal research.
Herbalists and nutritionists recommend consulting a physician to see the best use of the spice in one’s diet. It is important to note that cayenne pepper is not known as a diabetes cure, but has shown to be effective in stabilizing blood glucose. It is often recommended as an addition to other alternative methods in treating the disease. Cayenne pepper is widely available in grocery stores and in health food shops. The pepper can be purchased in capsule, raw pepper, powder and liquid forms normally in most supermarkets. Most herbalists propose purchasing the cayenne in its raw pepper form as this provides the reassurance that it has not been tampered with or diluted.
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