Capsaicin is the compound that gives cayenne peppers their eye-watering kick.
It is well known for its ability to help with weight loss, but according to the journal Open Heart, there are new findings that show that capsaicin also has a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease and stroke as well as other conditions. Hot peppers are also good sources of antioxidant vitamins A and C.
Foods rich in capsaicin are cayenne peppers, green and red chili peppers and tabasco peppers. It is also present in sweet peppers more commonly known as bell peppers, and it is found in ginger as well.
Although eating capsaicin-rich foods is a tasty way to boost our cardiovascular and metabolic health, most of us probably don't eat enough of these foods every day. To get all of the benefits of capsaicin, you may want to try a daily capsaicin supplement.
Some people experience heartburn or stomach irritation when taking capsaicin supplements, so you may want to discuss with your health care provider whether taking a capsaicin supplement is right for you.