Cayenne Pepper contains high amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene. These antioxidants support the immune system. Cayenne has a high concentration of capsaicin which creates a heat sensation. This compound increases metabolic rate and stimulates the burning of fat for energy. Capsaicin also stimulates the cooling centre of the hypothalamus in the brain. This makes it an effective pain reliever and temperature regulator that assists in fever reduction. Cayenne has been used for many years to treat sore throats, sinus congestion, respiratory infection and digestive disturbances such as nausea and stomach pain. Cayenne also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that support cardiovascular health.