Benefits of Cayenne for Senior Citizens

Feb 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Let’s talk about Cayenne.  We know it as a caliente HOT pepper.  We add it to sauces and soups for the tangy taste, but we don’t use much unless we can tolerate the burn it creates on our palate. 

What you may not know about Cayenne is its healing power.  It’s been healing a variety of health issues for centuries.  Folklore is full of amazing cures for heart attacks, open wounds, pain, hemorrhaging, digestion—and more too numerous to mention.  Stories that have been told since time immortal recount the power of Cayenne, but now we have medical science adding its official word about the herb.  Clinical studies over the past decade have been conducted on some of the medical applications for Cayenne, and the therapeutic benefit of this pepper is now medically validated.


The Sloan Kettering website is the best we have found for a summary of the medical/clinical studies on Cayenne; the active component of Cayenne is capsaicin, which has been found to have the following effects:

  1. More antioxidant activity than broccoli, carrots or spinach;
  2. May have cytotoxic action against multidrug resistant lymphoma and oral tumor cell lines;
  3. May inhibit leukemia cell growth;
  4. May alleviate oral mucositis pain associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy;
  5. May reduce post-surgical pain in cancer patients
  6. May be helpful in treating psoriasis and pruritus;
  7. May be effective in treating low back pain;
  8. Toxicities were identified following overdoses from oral use include gastroenteritis and renal damage;
  9. Some studies report erythematous dermatitis in infants subsequent to breast-feeding from mothers who had ingested food flavored with red pepper;

10.  Administration of a single dose of capsicum may interfere with theophylline metabolism.


Cayenne is both medicinal and nutritional, being used extensively as a culinary herb; this herb may be helpful for digestive, heart and circulatory systems.  Studies have shown that it acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used in combination with them. 

The nutritional value of Cayenne comes from its very high source of Vitamins A and C, the complete B complexes, and its high levels of organic calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good for the heart.

A Google search provides hundreds of sites that talk about the benefits of Cayenne; Shirley’s Wellness Café seemed to be one that was well documented.  Her information is summarized here:

  1. Digestion:  rebuilds stomach tissue and aids peristaltic waves in the intestines
  2. Heart:   boosts circulation and increases normal heart action; lowers blood pressure and enhances cardiovascular performance;
  3. Emergencies:  keep Cayenne extract on hand for emergencies;
  4. Pain:  helps to relieve pain that lingers after having shingles or peripheral neuropathy or nerve pain from surgery and arthritis;
  5. Other conditions including Cancer and Headaches…

SCJ encourages all its readers to check further on the validity of information available on the Internet.  Bibliographies offer a comprehensive resource on reports of studies.  Readers are always encouraged to read the original source to avoid possible misrepresentation, even that offered in good faith.  As always, the articles posted on SeniorCitizenJournal, including this one, are never intended to offer medical advice or to replace the need for all readers to consult their primary care physicians and specialists about their individual medical needs.

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