This popular spice you have in your pantry unexpectedly supports your gut microbiome (and that's a really good thing)

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According to recent research, cayenne pepper has beneficial effects on the health of our intestines, since the main phytonutrient it contains, capsaicin, acts on the intestinal microbiota by increasing the variety of good bacteria.

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A new study published in the journal Nutrients states that the addition of cayenne pepper can have a significant impact due to one primary phytonutrient: the capsaicin.

Indeed, the researchers suggest that adding capsaicin to the in vitro cultures of the microbiome in the case of it can increase the diversity of the microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Health benefits of capsaicin

Research has shown that strengthening your gut microbiome is vital to its function - this is where cayenne pepper comes in.

Full of phytonutrients capsaicin, this fruit and its extracts have historically been used to promote proper digestion and for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

More specifically, this recent study found that capsaicin alters the structure of the gut microbial community, increasing bacterial diversity.

If you don't like spicy food, you can take a supplement probiotic to elevate the gut microbiome, and support digestion.

Cayenne pepper, therefore, is an excellent spice to integrate into your meal plan to help support gut health.

Remember that eating foods that fulfill certain functions will not only help you feel better, it will also support your body's wellbeing for years to come.

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