The cayenne pepper (aka red pepper) contain capsaicin – an oily compound that’s responsible for not only the pepper’s mouth burning properties, but also its health benefits. Capsaicin is found in many common drugstore creams, ointments and patches that are used to relieve muscle pain, arthritis, diabetes related nerve pain as well as shingles pain. When used regularly, the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper diminishes pain by reducing nerve cells of substance P, a chemical which helps deliver pain signals to the brain. This super spice also shrinks the blood vessels in your nose and throat, which will relieve congestion. Need a reason to spice things up a little more? A dash of cayenne pepper can boost your metabolism, act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant and research has also determined it has anti-cancer properties. One study has even determined it is useful in regulating blood sugar levels. For creative recipes you can spice up with a little cayenne, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan!