Cayenne pepper is a little red, hot spice which has origins in South and Central America, the West Indies and Mexico.

It is typically found dried or powdered and produces a powerful heat that can bring recipes to life. The active ingredient in Cayenne pepper called capsaicin gives the pepper its intensity.



Health Benefits


  • A single teaspoon of cayenne pepper equates to around 15 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A which is good for fighting infection, as well as maintaining healthy mucous membranes. (1)


  • Cayenne pepper contains vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) which uses its antioxidant properties to prevent atherosclerosis, oxidative stress, cataracts, cancer, asthma, allergies and even type two diabetes. (2)


  • Red peppers also tend to have a higher carotenoid content making it one of the most powerful naturally occurring antioxidants which is effective in combating degenerative diseases and cataracts. (3)


  • Cayenne peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, which provides collagen synthesis to retain healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and organs, and helps boost your immunity. (4)


  • Contains Vitamin K which promotes healthy blood flow. (5)


  • A good source of B-vitamins which helps with the metabolic breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. (6)


  • Provides iron which helps prevent anaemia. (7)


  • Contains good level of magnesium which helps to support bone and joint movement. (8)


  • Cayenne is also a good source of potassium, which helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. (9)


Cayenne Pepper Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: two tablespoons (28 grams), raw

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 89
Calories from Fat 40
Total Fat 5 g 7%
Saturated Fat 1 g 5%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 8 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 16 g 5%
Dietary Fibre 8 g 30%
Sugar 3 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A 233% Vitamin C 36%
Calcium 4% Iron 12%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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