Fibromyalgia diet tips: How to use cayenne pepper

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Are you wondering if cayenne pepper can help you fight fibromyalgia symptoms?

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Fibromyalgia is a condition with no official cure, but many patients have adjusted their diets and found relief through a combination of natural treatments and some medications. Cayenne pepper has become a popular addition to the fibromyalgia diet because of its pain-fighting qualities. The following tips will help you add it safely to your diet.

Understanding cayenne pepper’s power

Cayenne pepper’s power comes from capsaicin, a compound responsible for the heat and spiciness, and it has been a popular addition in many recipes. Furthermore, research shows that capsaicin has the ability to diminish pain. This cayenne pepper ingredient has been added to topical creams, and one study found that it could reduce pain in fibromyalgia patients. However, patients are not limited to using external ointments or balms, and eating cayenne peppers can be beneficial.

Capsaicin works by making your body release more substance P, which is a chemical responsible for moving pain messages to your brain, and quickly depleting this substance. Capsaicin reduces the amount of substance P, so you feel less pain because your brain no longer receives the transmissions of pain messages.

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Despite their heat, studies show that cayenne peppers can help indigestion and heartburn. Fibromyalgia patients report that eating the peppers helps them reduce pain, fight fatigue and lose weight. Several studies indicate that capsaicin can curb your appetite and make it less likely that you will overeat.

How to add cayenne peppers to your diet

The easiest way to use cayenne peppers is to add them to the dishes you already cook on a daily basis. You can find ground and dried versions of cayenne pepper in most grocery stores in the spice aisle. You may also want to try the powder form. If you can tolerate the heat, then you can use whole cayenne peppers in your cooking.

Many cayenne peppers end up as ingredients in hot sauces, and you can make your own version at home. You simply need cayenne peppers, white vinegar, salt and other peppers such as jalapenos. You can experiment with the amount of peppers in your hot sauce, but you want at least half a pound. You can also purchase hot sauces that have cayenne peppers as the main ingredient.

Cayenne peppers can be added to soup, stir fry or chili. You can try to hide the spiciness and heat by adding small amounts to smoothies or juices. In addition, you can keep a shaker with cayenne pepper and sprinkle it on salads, casseroles or other dishes that need a kick. If you cannot tolerate salt, cayenne pepper is an alternative that can add flavor.

If you are struggling to find a way to handle the pain that comes with fibromyalgia, then you may want to consider adding cayenne peppers to your diet. Before you make drastic changes, you want to discuss them with your doctor. However, many fibromyalgia patients report a reduction in their pain after starting to use cayenne peppers.

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