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Cayenne [Capsicum annuum]

Used in the Chocolate version of IQed® 
Cayenne pepper, an excellent source of antioxidants, has been used both as a food and a medicine for over 9000 years. Cayenne pepper is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.  Many herbalists believe that cayenne acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them. Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. Medicinally it aids in elimination and assimilation and promotes the entire digestion system. Nutritionally it is a very high source of vitamins A and C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium. There are a number of positive effects cayenne pepper has on the digestive system.  Cayenne pepper is a natural digestive enzyme as it stimulates the flow of enzyme production, which is essential for our digestive system to work properly. It also stimulates gastric juices that aid the body’s ability to metabolize food and toxins.  Cayenne pepper benefits include its ability to stimulate circulation and eliminate acidity by opening the capillaries and regulating blood sugar; it also helps the digestive system that moves bacteria and toxins out of the body. Cayenne pepper also increases body temperature and boosts your metabolism.  Studies have found that cayenne pepper has anti-irritant properties and does not stimulate, but inhibits acid secretion, stimulates alkali and mucus secretions and particularly gastric mucosal blood flow,  Cayenne pepper is known as an adaptogen based on its ability to support the immune system and has antifungal, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties.

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