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Cayenne Facts: Everything you need to know

Origin 

Cayenne peppers belong to the nightshade family, Solanaceae. It is a cultivar of Capsicum annuum and is believed to have originated in Cayenne, French Guiana.

Did you know?

Cayenne is known as “the king of medicinal herbs,” because it has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of health problems.

Six reasons to sprinkle some more

  • May help boost metabolism

  • May lower blood pressure

  • May help reduce hunger

  • May aid digestive health

  • May help relieve pain

  • May reduce your risk of cancer

Moderation is key

Repeated intake at higher doses may cause a stomachache and make you feel sick.

Applications

Cayenne pepper is best known for its bright red color and flavor in Mexican cuisine, where it’s used to season robust spicy sauces, meat marinades and dishes like enchiladas, tacos and fajitas.

21 Vitamins and Minerals

  • Calcium

  • Carotene

  • Choline

  • Copper

  • Folate

  • Iron

  • Lutein

  • Magnesium

  • Manganese

  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium

  • Riboflavin

  • Selenium

  • Sodium

  • Thiamin

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin B-6

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E

  • Vitamin K

  • Zinc

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