I love spicy food but hadn’t thought beyond adding cinnamon and ginger to my smoothies, but have you tried jalapeño peppers or cayenne pepper?  No? Then read on to find out why you might want to try it.

Hot peppers and chilli peppers contain capsaicin which is the compound that gives them their peppery, hot, spiciness. They are also a powerful anti-inflammatory, giving relief to conditions like arthritis.

The Nourish blog says …

It seems counterintuitive, but this blazing hot capsaicin actually has a cooling effect on the body!

Peppers make you feel warm when you first bite into them, but the effect of dissipating all that heat (like through sweating!) helps to cool your body.

It makes sense – spicy foods are often found it tropical climates like Thailand, Caribbean islands and the southern US.

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper:

  • Excellent for the circulatory system
  • Supports weight loss
  • Anti-cold & flu
  • Helps prevent migraine headaches
  • Anti-allergen
  • Digestive aid
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Supports healthy detox
  • Joint pain reliever
  • Anti-fungal & anti-bacterial

A pinch of cayenne pepper goes a long way so be careful not to over do it!

Go to the Next Page for a fruity-spicy smoothie recipe …