Cayenne pepper and lemon – What is it and what does it do for me?
If you have tasted our lemon based drink Vitalize, you have no doubt experienced the punch to the back of the throat the Cayenne pepper gives you. So what is it and why would we include it in our juice?
First of all, lets have a look at the breakdown based on 5 grams (1 teaspoon)
44% vitamin A
8 % vitamin E
7% vitamin C
5% Vitamin K
For some, the thought of pepper in juice can be a real turn off but this little spice has an abundance of benefits and can be the kick start you need to your diet/juice cleanse/health. From a nutritional point, cayenne pepper provides Vitamin A, B6, K, E and C. Vitamin A is sometimes a vitamin people forget about or don’t place a high importance on but when cleansing/ detoxing/juicing Vitamin A is essential. Put simply, Vitamin A plays a key role in the immune system which helps build a resistance against infections by destroying bacteria. Aside from all the vitamins cayenne provides, research has shown this mighty spice can increase digestion, induce perspiration (remove waste from the body), settle stomach pains, lower cholesterol, anti-allergen, relieves migraines, and decrease body weight. In all honesty, the list goes on and on, just know cayenne pepper will become your new BFF.
Out of all the benefits listed above, I guarantee you everyone’s eyes lit up reading, “ decrease body weight”. Cayenne pepper is a thermogenic agent which basically means it will increase your metabolic rate and burn fat quicker. It can also support weight loss as in some it suppresses appetite, especially if taken in the morning.
What about Lemon?
Where do we even start? Lemon is basically a superfood, it has so many benefits it would take us forever to list them all. But let us list some of the most popular ones for you:
- Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
- Balances pH levels: Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory.
- Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.
- It aids digestion: a glass of lemon water when you wake up will help get your digestive system moving.
- Reduces appetite: Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fiber commonly found in citrus fruits. Pectin helps stave off hunger as the fiber creates a feeling of fullness, which results in the suppression of hunger cravings. By feeling fuller for longer, you’re less likely to snack or make poor food choices.