CAYENNE PEPPER: Ground from the chili pepper, HOT!! Enhances the flavor in all dishes. Use in chili sauces, chicken & beef. An interesting, yet little known fact is that Cayenne Powder is a popular ingredient in herbal joint-health formulas. The key compound in Cayenne that is thought to be responsible for its stimulating benefit is capsaicin, which itself is often an ingredient in joint formulas.
INTERESTING FACT: Pepper was the spice that Europe's explorers were seeking when they accidentally found the New World on their "shortcut" to Asia. Pepper still accounts for a quarter of the world's spice trade. It is also noted that a recent study indicates Capsaicin, the component that gives peppers their heat, may also kill prostate cancer cells. There have been some experiments in cancer cells and mice to show that capsaicin causes prostate cancer cells to undergo a kind of suicide. Researchers speculate that, in the future, pills containing capsaicin might be used as therapy to prevent prostate cancer's return. (According to one report, capsaicin caused almost 80 percent of prostate cancer cells in the mice to die. In addition, prostate cancer tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice. ( source: Chili Compound Kills Cancer Cells, Steven Reinberg Health Day Reporter Posted March 20, 2006.)