Research has found multiple links between consumption of cayenne pepper and capsaicin extracts and reduced rates of high blood pressure.
If further research indicates that cayenne or capsaicin helps the body burn calories, the pepper could become a healthful part of a weight management plan.
Capsaicin may help alleviate pain by reducing the amount of substance P — a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain.
One other note: It’s possible to build up a metabolic tolerance to cayenne if you eat or drink it on the reg. “As you consume more cayenne over time and your body becomes used to the new temperature, the metabolic boost decreases,” says Zeitlin. So you may want to rely on other strategies besides mainlining cayenne for long-term metabolic lifts.
Calories: 17 Fat: 1 gram Carbs: 3 grams Fiber: 1.4 grams Protein: 0.6 grams Vitamin A: 44% of the RDI Vitamin E: 8% of the RDI Vitamin C: 7% of the RDI Vitamin B6: 6% of the RDI Vitamin K: 5% of the RDI Manganese: 5% of the RDI Potassium: 3% of the RDI Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI.
One review published in 2016 looked at the potential for capsaicin in a cream to reduce pain. The authors concluded that there may be benefits to long-term use.
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis. However, capsaicin creams can help relieve itching and improve the appearance of psoriasis-affected areas ( 20 , 21 ).
It’s thought that you can build up a tolerance to the effects of red pepper. As a result, your weight loss may decrease the longer you take supplements or eat spicy peppers.