It’s touted as a natural remedy that can soothe cold symptoms and ease muscle pain. Here’s how these claims stack up.
Cayenne pepper is touted by some as a natural remedy that can soothe cold symptoms, boost digestion, ease annoying muscle or joint pain, help with weight loss, and even potentially improve your race PRs. But how legit are these claims really?
Cayenne pepper (and other chili peppers including bell and jalapeño) contain capsaicin, a compound that science has found really can do some good things for your body—and your workouts. Still, peppers themselves are not exactly a miracle worker. We dug into the research and spoke with experts to get the facts on five common claims about the benefits of capsaicin in cayenne pepper. Here’s what it can (probably) do for you, and where it might fall short.