Cayenne pepper

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Cayenne is one of the chili peppers and has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Cayenne pepper belongs to the genus Capsicum. It was first grown in Central and South America thousands of years ago and now grows naturally in subtropical and tropical climates.

The medicinal properties are derived from the chemical capsaicin (kap-seyuh-sin), which is the ingredient that gives chili peppers their heat. The more capsaicin present, the hotter the pepper is. Cayenne peppers contain vitamins E, A, C, K, B complex, calcium, manganese, and potassium plus carotenoids which are plant pigments that are powerful antioxidants.

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Walk to Health

I am a walker.

I used to be a runner. I started running in 2000 at age 48, doing 5k on asphalt pavement in our neighborhood – 3 or 4 times a week. My best time was about 28 minutes, but that got longer as I got older. At the end of 2013 I suffered a ruptured disc, and an MRI showed that some of the discs in my lower back were “shot” as my doctor put it. It certainly seemed to me that the pounding my discs had endured in the 7,000-plus miles I had logged over 13 years didn’t help them.

Although I had been in severe pain, I did recover, but reluctantly decided that it was time to retire my running shoes.

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