Not for the faint of heart, cayenne can be the zing you need to kickstart your mornings. Add a dash of cayenne pepper to your grounds before brewing; but be careful—a heavy hand can leave you with a burned mouth, and it’s not because your coffee is too hot.
The heat in cayenne peppers is due to capsaicin, which is loaded with health benefits. Capsaicin has the potential to stimulate energy burning by activating receptors in white and brown fat cells, which could help to manage or even prevent obesity and other related health concerns like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, according to research from the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy. Cayenne has also been said to improve circulation, boost heart health, even fight ulcers and prostate cancer.
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