Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- African Bird Peppers
- Athlete's Foot
- Bloody Noses
- Cayenne Contraindications
- Cayenne Pepper Side Effects
- Cayenne Recipes
- Cayenne Side Effects
- Cayenne Tips
- Cayenne Vs. Chili Peppers
- Chest Pain
- Clogged Ears
- Crohn's Disease
- General Feedback
- Heart Attack Recovery
- Heart Issues
- Hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- High Blood Pressure
- Inner Ear Infection
- Kidney Issues
- Liquid Cayenne
- Menstrual Issues
- Multiple Cures
- Nasal Congestion
- Nose Bleeds
- Puffy Eyes
- Sore Muscles
- Sore Throat
- Straw Use
- Swelling in Legs and Ankles
- Viagra Effect
- Weight Loss
- Where to Find - India
- Where to Find: Uk
04/11/2013: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts: "Pick up some empty gelatin capsules (very easy to find both online or at your local Vitamin Shoppe), fill them with the cayenne powder, then take the capsule(s) with water after a meal. There are companies that sell cayenne capsules but I have always preferred..."
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Cayenne Side Effects
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/10/2013: Mario from Dallas Tx, Texas U.s: "I have been using cayenne pepper for a few months but I have to stop because it causes throat irritation. I like to continue using it, BUT I do not know how to minimize the condition. Any suggestion, will be appreciated."Replies
04/11/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Mario: 1. Maybe you don't need it anymore. 2. Maybe you need smaller doses now. 3. If none of the above, you can put it in capsules."
04/11/2013: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "Pick up some empty gelatin capsules (very easy to find both online or at your local Vitamin Shoppe), fill them with the cayenne powder, then take the capsule(s) with water after a meal.
There are companies that sell cayenne capsules but I have always preferred making my own so that I know what's in them."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/27/2011: Nate from Portland, Oregon: "I have been drinking 1/4 teaspoon of organic cayenne pepper (30K) once a day for the past two days. My stomach is fine and I feel great after drinking it. Although, for the past two nights I have been unable to sleep. My mind doesn't seem to shut down. Everything that I read states that cayenne should augment my sleep. Does anyone know why I am experiencing this side effect?"Replies
10/03/2011: Try2help from Louisville, Kentucky replies: "It could be that you are exercising to late and your body is still reved up... However you can go the alternative way and take a sleep supplement like melatonin or you could go to bed an hour early to relax your mind so you can dose off naturaly I would take a hot bath with Lavendar before I went to bed... Or another simple thing you could drink tart cherry juice it has natural melatonin in it I would add a little water and 1/4 tsp of vanilla... I hope this helps...!!!"
01/02/2012: Chris from Roswell, Ga replies: "Cayenne is a stimulant. You must be taking it too late in the day."
03/21/2012: Mark from Surrey, Canada replies: "Want to sleep like a baby? Go to this site and read about sleeping habits and help you sleep better. There is a lot of additional info here for just about everything health related. You will be amazed!!! Http://www.normalbreathing.com/"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/11/2007: Gulay Ersoz from Los Angeles, CA: "I have been taking one cayenne pepper pill a day with warm lemonade in the mornings for the last 2 weeks or so. I experience slight heartburn like feeling but it was not a big problem. Two days ago, I took two pills instead of one, and it was no more than 3 minutes after I swallowed the pills, I had the extreme cramping in my stomach, became very dizzy, my left arm was hurting and I felt tingling on my fingers and legs... Not only the pain was extremely bad, my head was spinning, I was having hard time walking in my kitchen. I was hot, I just wanted to stop the cramping and managed to throw up. Took two Tums... With the hyper ventilation and dizziness, I laid in the bath tub and turned the cold water on, (I was so out of it and unable to control my reflexes, I couldn't even take my clothes off) it took about another 10-15 minutes before the pain went away, and I actually managed to get up and walk around... I called my doctor friend and she asked me if I experienced chest pain, I said no. Other than that I had all the symptoms of a heart attack. Went to see a doctor, and after the EKG, I was told that I had a bad reaction to cayenne pepper. It was not a joking matter for me, as I was home alone with my 3 year old sleeping in her bed, I had to have a reality check. How healthy is it to be trying to be healthy???"Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/11/2010: Curt from Leesburg, Va replies: "The other night almost the same thing happen to me. I ate my dinner and then took my cayenne pills (2 of them). Minutes later I started to feel this pain in my stomach. It got worse and worse.... I thought maybe I had to throw up but I really don't like to so I tried not to. I walked into the living room and almost passed out. I laid down on the couch and went into a heavy sweat. Slowly the pain went away and I came back to reality.
Since then I have taken my cayenne pills before I eat. This has not happen again BUT... I can't help but want it to happen again. Even though the pain was really bad at first..... I felt great after the episode was over."
11/12/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I red the terrifying experiences people have had with cayenne pepper pills. What I do is add cayenne pepper to my food or else to my molasses, ACV drink. I can only imagine that this happened because of the impact of quite a big quantity of pepper in your stomach because when you take it you don't manage to take too much as it just burns your mouth. But it is true... Trying to be healthy is quite a tricky thing mainly because you mostly have to do it on your own. I often wonder whether what I am doing is making me better or worse..."
11/12/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Francisca,
I know the whole health thing can be a tricky thing! And sometimes you can't be sure if it's hype or someone trying to sell something about benefits, etc. I don't know if you've ever heard of Kevin and Annemarie Gianni but they have an internet show that is daily and is only 10 minutes long. They are like sleuths in the health world and work to discern fact, fiction, myth, etc. Their show is called http://renegadehealth.com and they do lots of interviews w/ very interesting people from all over the world and especially w/ those at the forefront of the alternative health world. Knowing your interests from all your posts, I am certain you will love it and find a lot of useful information on it.
Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think! I know I've learned a lot from all the various people that they've interviewed and whether certain foods, products, etc. really are healthy or not. You can also send in your own questions and they investigate and answer them as well. Best to you, Lisa"
11/13/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks Lisa, I will really listen to the show because I always have a lot of questions. Maybe they can provide me with a few answers...... This might really be a useful tip, thanks! "
11/13/2010: Ellen from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada replies: "The reason you had this over reaction to the cayenne pepper pills is because you should never take anything that tastes hot in a pill form. The body needs to sense that some thing as hot as cayenne pepper is on its way down to the stomache and the stomache is then prepared with the appropriate digestive acids to accept the cayenne pepper to handle it and digest it without any reaction. You may have been told by the people who sold you the pills that it's okay to take cayenne pepper in this form, but I will assure you it is not. Please listen to my advice or better yet do your own research on this and you will see I am telling you the truth. Good luck,
P. S. It is very easy to get cayenne into your diet and it is so cheap too. I put my cayenne in a glass of lemon juice which was freshly squeezed (and it needs to be an actual lemon, the fake plastic lemon juice dose nothing to help your health) and put a little cayenne pepper in and sweeten it with liquid stevia. It tastes refreshing and it is health promoting."
01/09/2011: John from Johannesberg, Gauteng South Africa replies: "My message is that in almost all cases of heart problems, the cause is a natural lack of Vit C which the med. Prof. Took 150 years to discover. Their Scurvy was just that. Dr Mathius Rath put us wise to that and how to cure AIDs.
This thread is to warn that ill effects from "Cayenne" would more than likely be caused by the gangster community packaging a chemical substitute known as "Sudam" or similar term. The more knowlegable readers would be able to give the correct name of this immitation. It tastes and looks like cayenne, beware."
01/09/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "John, Thanks for the alert I had not heard of this contamination so did some googling and now there are two chemical poisons - the Sudan Red you mentioned and also Para Red. They are illegal dyes that should not be in food. The list of food and spices that are contaminated is still growing and they are sill looking for more. To think I recently looked at some paprika that was very pale and decided not to buy it."
05/22/2011: Dr. I'mnot ? from Beaumont, Tx: "I have been taking cayenne for 15 years and recommend it for anyone wanting: to lose weight, help with blood pressure issues, circulatory benefits, to lower cholesterol and even help with some headaches, help with stomach problems [(not for stomach ulcers) aloevera juice for stomach ulcers]. If you consume alcohol in excess your intestinal tract will lose some of its protection and will be easily upset by cayenne.
Cayenne can be absorbed into the system with warm or cool water, I would not recommend mixing with orange or lemon juice at first, reason being an incresae in acid can cause an upset stomach which would be blamed on the cayenne. If you use warm water with cayenne it can produce an uncomfortable burning upon exiting the body, with cool water it will be almost unnoticeable. I will take one tbsp (one tsp for beginners ) of cayenne pepper powder (bought at the store) mix with half a cup of water drink that and then drink a glass of water to wash it down. I can take it on an empty stomach with small side effects, but I don't recommend this for the beginner Good luck and to good health, Have a Great Day"Replies
[YEA] 11/15/2011: Gary from Wauchope, Nsw Australia replies: "If you have a look around on the net at all the different foods you will find the lemon isn't acid but is the highest alkaline food of all the groups and if you have a look at www.cayennepepper.info you will see that cayenne and warm lemon juice and water is really good for getting the natural fat furnace going. I have gone from 111cm around the girth on 14/10/2011 to 107cm around the girth on 14/11/2011 plus I have been doing 2.5 Klm on the cross trainer per day."
11/15/2011: Abby from Naples, Fl replies: "Could you please tell us how much lemon, cayenne and water you used per serving. Also, how many times per day did you drink this - once? Three times?
07/07/2010: Cristy from Dallas, Tx: "I have had much success with taking two teaspoons of cayenne pepper in a small cup of juice or beer (beer works really well--just about 3 ounces of it! ) but I have had unbearably bad side effects with cayenne *capsules*. About 15-20 minutes after taking the capsules I get terrible, sharp stomach pains, cramps, and gas that last for a good 30 minutes and have me doubled over in pain. It feels like I swallowed a bomb! I have read that cayenne should always be taken straight because digestion begins in the mouth, and the sharp spicy taste prepares the stomach to receive the pepper. For those fearful of the spicy taste, I vouch that I have a low "spicy-tolerance" and that when shooting the cayenne in a couple of ounces of liquid, the spiciness only lasts for 20-30 seconds and disappears completely. Not at all that lingering, intolerable burning we all know from eating Mexican food! Plus, drinking it straight gives you a pleasant head-rush and wave of energy. Cheers!"Replies
05/16/2012: Kim from Houston, Tx replies: "Cristy, you crack me up with your 3 oz of beer! From one Texas chick to another - YOU GO GIRL!!!"
10/31/2012: Teelight from Toronto replies: "Cristy I got the same exact reaction also after swallowing the cayenne capsules. 15min after taking, I started sweating buckets (yay! That part's ok) and debilitating stomach pain (not ok -- at all). But the episode passed after about 10 min. I came on here looking for answers and it makes sense that digestion begins in the mouth and our stomachs need a warning signal for spicy substances. No more hiding the cayenne in capsules, I shall open them up and dissolve in water. This makes much more sense, and seems to be the solution, thanks a bunch."
[YEA] 07/02/2010: Wanda from Memphis, Tn: "Cayenne Pepper suggestion: I started using cayenne for weight loss but love the way I immediately feel energized when I take it. I like covering it with cottage cheese but have stumbled across another way to take them by making my own cayenne pills. I bought empty Gelatin Capsules at a health food store and filled them with cayenne. The easiest way I found was to line up capsules on painters tape then, put another piece of painters tape on top of the capsules. This will keep them straight but you can fold them. Hold them over a pyrex dish and pour the cayenne all over them. You can tap them down several times and pour more until they are full. It's pretty easy to get the tops of the capsules on and beats trying to fill one at a time. Watch out for breathing the dust. You might want to use gloves or just be careful to keep your hands washed between working with the capsules."
[QUESTION] 06/08/2009: Doug from New Castle, DE: "Hello,
My friend purchased some 90,000hu cayenne pepper. I started taking it also for health benefits and will be ordering my own supply soon. However I have a question. Why does everyone say put in in "warm" water before drinking? I think I'd prefer cold water, but please explain.
04/18/2010: C from Maize, Ks replies: "They usually take it with warm water because its easier to get accustomed with the heat that cayenne pepper produces if taken with warm water. It dulls the heat alittle and makes it easier to take orally. Usually you won't have any issues with taking it if it is in pill form as it would be taken in powder form or liquid form"
[YEA] 08/27/2010: Frank from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Dr. Christopher says that you should use warm water because the warm water opens your system up and allows the cayenne to get into your system faster than using cold water. I took cayenne capsules several years ago and quit. Because of type 2 diabetes, my feet had become numb and I have pain and burning to the point that I had to stop my 30 minute daily walks. I started taking cayenne (1 teaspoon in 8oz warm water three times a day) about two weeks ago for my heart and high blood pressure. To my surpise after 3 days of the cayenne, I suddenly noticed that my feet didn't hurt like they had before. After almost two weeks, I am just about completely free of pain and numbness. I am actually wearing shoes today that I could not walk in a month ago. I read today that cayenne will kill prostate cancer cells. Is there anything this herb won't do? I plan to make my cayenne regimen a part of my daily life from now on."
02/06/2011: Amelia from Limerick, Ireland replies: "I take Cayene pepper in a small amount of cold water then drink warm water. I then take a spoonful of Honey. The burning is gone in half a minuit."
02/06/2012: Frank from Perth, West Australia replies: "reading the comments from Frank Charlotte, Nc ref: [yea ]08/27/2010 he says he received huge relief from burning and numb feet [perifial neuropathy] I, too, suffer with this I would like to know if his condition has remained in remission, as his post was 17 months ago. I would like to know how he is going, and if he has any further improvement in his health. I will start with the cayenne asap. Many thanks for your help... Regards Frank"
[YEA] 03/06/2009: Cecilia from Atlanta, Georgia : "In order to avoid severe coughing while gargling with cayenne pepper (red pepper) in tempered water you need to breath deeply, hold your breath, take a sip of cayenne pepper, gargle, spit the mix and breath normal.
Gargling this way you avoid breathing through your mouth when you are sipping the mix and the dry cayenne powder doesn't get into your through.
Also, when the throat and larynx are irritated it is better not to swallow a lot of the mix so just swallow what is left in your spit after spitting the mix. It has worked wonderfully for me!"
[YEA] 04/01/2008: Muddythewater from Vancouver, Canada: "I have been experimenting with the ingestion of cayenne pepper. So far I have found that the easiest way is to have a drink shaker and a to ounce shot glass.
Add 1 Tbl spoon of Cayenne (maybe slightly less if just starting)
Add 1 Tbl spoon Liquid honey
Lemon juice to taste
4 - 5 ounces water
Shake for at least a minute.
This makes 2, 2 ounce shots.
you can have a glass of water or juice for a kicker, but the honey and lemon really kill the initial taste and shaking it up turns it into'more of a juice floaty spice in water that looks strange. I havent been doing this for long but I feel that the supposed health benefits outweigh the flavor factor.
Good luck! Tips and feedback would be nice."
07/02/2012: Stormymarie from Columbus, Oh replies: "Hey muddythe water, Vancouver, Canada. I like your suggestion of shaking the cayenne pepper with honey, lemon juice and water. I will be trying this tomorrow. Will let you know how it goes."
03/12/2008: Belina from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico: "I've read about people having problems with Cayenne, Habanero or other "hot" chilies or sauces and as a Chef who specializes in Mexican fare, plus I now live in Mexico too, I can give you a very easy and efficient remedy to ease the burning from peppers. Also, it doesn't matter if the burning is in your mouth, lips, face (from touching it with your hands after handling peppers) or hands, it works:
Put a little salt on the palm of your left hand, wet the tip of your right index finger in your mouth slightly and dip it in the salt and place it UNDER your tongue (sublingual) in the tender area on your jaw and not ON the underside of the tongue. Relief is very quick, easy to do, you can do it anywhere (like a restaurant) and works for everyone plus you can find salt everywhere."
03/07/2008: REGINA from N. BRUNSWICK, NJ: "I have been reading info on the cures of cayenne and I cannot take anything spicy nor even mild spicy. I saw where someone mentioned the pill form. I ordered alot,paid only 1.78 for 40,000HU.As well I ordered vinger pills as the taste was too strong in the liquid form. I'm going to see if this will help me towards my weight loss goals a nd I'll report back in a month. I'm starting today."Replies
10/26/2008: J0y0us from KANSAS CITY, ks replies: "I want to know if the cayenne and vinegar pills helped in dieting from the blogger of 03/2008 "
03/07/2008: Nina from San Diego, CA: "Cayenne pepper works, but in order to ease the hotness, I just use orange juice. Put an 1/8 of a teaspoon in a glass of orange juice, and drink it. Make sure the oj has pulp in it, the cayenne will bond to the pulp, and it won't burn your mouth at all! I have been using this method for years. And DON'T use milk to "ease the hotness" when you're sick- avoid dairy products."Replies
[YEA] 03/25/2009: Anna from Philadelphia, PA, us replies: "Twice a day I drink oj with pulp with 1 tbsp of acv and 1 tsp of powdered ginger (makes me feel and look great!)- I use straw so my mouth is not burnt at all - I feel it only at the back of it. Yesterday I got cayenne pepper (to increase my circulation) and came here to find hows and how much. Thanks to your post I decided just to add it to my drink! Half teaspoon, in the begining anyway."
[YEA] 05/15/2009: Anna from Philadelphia, PA replies: "it works great that way! I feel so warm and full of energy! (But it may be SPRING not a drink...)"
03/02/2008: Brittany from Lake Wylie, South Carolina: "I actually haven't tried the cayenne pepper yet, but am sure it will work. I'm more concerned with what people are using to take the heat away afterwards... You should use sugar. It absorbs the heat. Bread probably works too, but not as much. Milk, just like water, spreads it around even more and will probably upset your stomach, especially if you try lemon with any of the remedies. So bottom line, use sugar not milk or water."Replies
06/27/2011: Owen from Wolverhampton, Uk replies: "Can you tell me if it is OK to take cayenne pepper if you suffer from GERD?"
12/28/2007: Blue1965 from Stafford, Virginia: "To remove the burning from your mouth after using cayenne pepper or chilli pepper,take a slice of bread and push it down on your tongue & the roof of your mouth.The pepper grounds stick to the bread and come right off the skin inside of the mouth.You might have to move the bread around to get it all but it stops the burning."
Cayenne Vs. Chili Peppers
[QUESTION] 01/04/2010: Mkb from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "Hi.we in Malayia take lots of chilly and there is so many varieties of it.The hottest chilly is the small green chilly we name it"Chilly Padi",this chilly really knock you off. My question is does all this chilly come into the Cayenne pepper group and can Tabasco be categorize as cayenne pepper,Gnc in Malaysia does not sells capsule Cayenne pepper,so i normally purchase organic Chilly powder for my cayenne dosage.Ted please enlighten me on this issue"Replies
01/05/2010: Blanche from New Iberia, Louisiana replies: "I'm not Ted, I hope it's OK to post an answer.Where I live we grow a lot of hot peppers, even in our home gardens. The tabasco pepper is a very small pepper, used commercially to make Tabasco sauce. The cayenne that we grow is larger (up to about 6 inches long. The cayenne is used mainly to make ground red pepper for seasoning. It is the one used in Cajun seasoning, and is used to season just about all our food before cooking.
Wikipedia states that the cayenne is related to the jalapenos, the bell peppers, and other peppers.
It is possible that any of the hot peppers that is grown wherever one lives will work as well as cayenne pepper. I would certainly try whatever I had on hand if I were you. (And let us know.)"