Peppers stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, making the brain pay attention to the new site. Nerve fibers contain and pain chemical which becomes depleted following the initial pain reaction. The pain is still there but the pepper’s reaction changes the perception of the pain.
Cayenne stimulates the digestive tract and increases the flow of enzyme and gastric fluids. This causes food metabolism to increase. Cayenne also reduces intestinal gas.
Capsaicin, the valuable ingredient in cayenne peppers causes temporary pain on skin tissue, sending chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, relieving joint pain.
A Laval University study found that participants who ate cayenne for breakfast had a reduced appetite. Cayenne’s metabolic boost aids in the burning of excess amounts of fats.
Cayenne pepper is great for breaking up congested mucus. Less mucus means relief from flu symptoms.