Cap food off with cayenne! The heat factor in cayenne pepper is brought on by capsaicin, a substance that makes peppers hot. Highly therapeutic, the substance helps relieve aches and soreness. It's even an active ingredient in some over-the-counter pain relieving creams.
Other medical benefits include improved circulation, heart health and helping fight prostate cancer and ulcers. Cayenne pepper adds a spicy kick to foods like vegetables, tuna and turkey. If you can take on the hottest peppers out there, try habanero or Scotch bonnet. For those who want less of a jolt, try jalapenos, Spanish pimentos or cherry peppers.