Are you struggling with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or quick release? Apart from enhancement drugs, you might wonder if any food can help. Well, many believe that the benefits of Cayenne pepper sexually stem from its aphrodisiac property which may influence sexual activities.
Does that mean using Cayenne pepper for fertility may boost the chances of conception? let’s find out.
Remember, there is no scientific evidence that supports the use of cayenne pepper for fertility, but there are claims that it can boost sexual performance, a necessary activity for natural conception.
Apart from its hot and spicy flavor on foods, can one consume cayenne pepper for fertility, or are there benefits of cayenne pepper sexually?
Cayenne peppers including other types of peppers such as hot chili, red, raw, etc. are rich sources of potential nutrients that can be beneficial to health and fertility when added to your diet.
Let’s, first of all, check the nutritional value of cayenne pepper which is categorized as Pepper according to FoodData Central of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Peppers (red or raw) contain nutrients such as;
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin A
- Arginine etc.
Since the aforementioned nutrients are healthy and possess fertility-boosting properties, therefore intake of cayenne pepper may indirectly promote fertility by boosting sexual activities which is necessary for conception to occur naturally, and also by supplying nutrients that promote healthy egg and sperm.
Benefits Of Cayenne Pepper Sexually
Before we discuss the use of cayenne pepper for fertility, let us know if there benefits of Cayenne Pepper sexually.
1. May improve erectile function
Cayenne pepper can improve erectile function by promoting blood flow toward male organs. Although this lacks scientific backing Cayenne pepper contains Arginine a complex protein compound that boosts energy and iron mineral which promotes blood circulation.
Both nutrients, Arginine for energy and iron for blood flow, promote erectile function since both are necessary to maintain an erection.
2. May boost sexual performance
Achieving an erection as mentioned earlier may not guarantee a satisfactory sexual performance when it is not pleasurable. Cayenne pepper contains an important compound known as capsaicin, which can increase blood flow to the genital area, stimulates nerve endings, and increase its sensitivity. This can make sexual activity satisfactory and pleasurable.
3. May improve overall sexual health.
Sometimes a woman may experience pain during or after intercourse this could be caused by inflammation. Although there is limited scientific evidence to support the use of cayenne pepper for sexual performance, some studies have suggested that it may have other health benefits that could indirectly improve sexual function.
For example, cayenne pepper has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation in the body and help improve circulation and lower blood pressure, which can have positive effects on sexual function.
Benefits of Cayenne Pepper For Fertility
There is limited scientific evidence to support the use of cayenne pepper for fertility. However, some studies have suggested that consuming cayenne pepper may have some potential benefits for reproductive health.
1. May boost sperm quality
Intake of cayenne pepper may indirectly boost fertility due to the active ingredient capsaicin and cryptoxanthin found in cayenne pepper, which may help improve sperm quality and motility in men by increasing the activity of antioxidants.
One animal study in 2020 on the impact of Capsaicin on sperm quality in rats with experimental varicocele shows that capsaicin can reduce oxidative stress levels and improve sperm concentration and motility.
2. May Improve menstruation
Studies have shown that the menstrual period usually comes along with many inflammatory processes which may lead to tissue breakdown, pains, and bleeding.
This supports the reason why many take anti-inflammatory drugs before, during, or after the menstrual period. Sometimes depending too much on drugs may have negative side effects, and one natural way to curb inflammation is by taking anti-inflammatory foods.
A study shows that cayenne pepper has antioxidant properties and inherited anti-inflammatory properties from its purified capsaicin content which can help reduce inflammation, and pains, and promote fertility.
3. Contains nutrients that promote fertility
FoodData Central confirmed that cayenne pepper contains important nutrients such as Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Choline, Carotene, Vitamin A, etc.
These nutrients promote fertility, for instance, both alpha-carotene and beta-carotene compounds found in cayenne pepper can be converted to Vitamin A to promote immune system functioning, healthy vision, male and female reproduction, and bone health.
Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster, acts as an antioxidant, and fights oxidative stress that is detrimental to fertility.
A review confirmed that Vitamin C facilitates the biochemical activity that triggers the release of nitric oxide in the body which helps in creating erections by relaxing the soft tissue inside the penis, causing blood inflow and making your erection hard.
5. May help fight infections
Research shows that infections such as gonorrhea, Streptococci, chlamydia, and pelvic inflammatory disease may contribute to infertility and sometimes damage the fallopian tubes, when this happens conception may become difficult if not impossible.
However, a 2015 study suggests that cayenne pepper help fight bacterial infections due to its antibacterial.
The infection-fighting property of cayenne pepper can not be trusted because the evidence is limited, besides it has not been tested on several other infectious diseases to know its effect. A more extensive study is recommended for this.
5. Fights against obesity
Consumption of cayenne pepper may indirectly promote fertility, by fighting obesity. A review in 2015 shows that obesity and overweight have detrimental effects on all body systems, including reproductive health, and may be linked with certain fertility-related problems such as infertility, low conception rates, high miscarriage rates, and pregnancy complications.
Therefore, the intake of cayenne pepper may not directly influence fertility but promote good health which can also boost fertility. For example, a study, reveals that losing weight may improve erectile function.
Although we can establish that cayenne pepper can indirectly promote fertility, however, more research is needed to fully understand its effects. It is always best to talk to a healthcare professional before using any supplement or ingredient for fertility or reproductive health.
Cayenne pepper for weight Loss
Can intake of Cayenne pepper aid weight loss? Yes! Intake of Cayenne pepper may help manage weight due to the presence of capsaicin, a compound that can increase core body temperature resulting in burning out excess calories. Although more evidence is needed to validate the weight loss effect of capsaicin found in Cayenne pepper.
Interestingly another related review on obese people, their core temperature, and rate of metabolism shows that an increase in the core body temperature can increase the rate of metabolism resulting in the burning of extra calories. It may also help;
- Reduce appetite: Cayenne pepper may help reduce appetite and cravings, which can help you eat fewer calories overall. This is thought to be due to the capsaicin in cayenne pepper, which may help increase feelings of fullness. It can also;
- Stimulate the breakdown of fat cells.
- Improve digestion by increasing the production of digestive enzymes
- Help in reducing inflammation in the digestive tract this will boost digestive function, aid nutrient absorption, and reduce bloating.
How To Use Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper Side Effects
Cayenne pepper is generally considered safe for most people when consumed in moderation as a spice in food. However, consuming large amounts of cayenne pepper or taking supplements containing high doses of capsaicin may cause some side effects.
Some potential side effects of consuming cayenne pepper include:
1. Digestive issues: Cayenne pepper may cause digestive issues such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea in some people.
2. Skin irritation: Capsaicin can cause skin irritation and burning sensations if it comes into contact with the skin.
3. Allergic reactions: Some people may be allergic to cayenne pepper and may experience symptoms such as hives, itching, and difficulty breathing.
4. Interactions with medications: Cayenne pepper may interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and medications for high blood pressure.
5. Irritation of the mouth and throat: Consuming cayenne pepper may irritate the mouth and throat, especially if consumed in large amounts.
It is always best to talk to a healthcare provider before using any supplement or ingredient, including cayenne pepper, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.
Finally, the use of cayenne pepper for fertility may not directly improve fertility but it has capsaicin that fights inflammatory pains, a nutrient that boosts the immune system, and an antioxidant that fights oxidative stress which promotes a healthy a fertile life. Do not forget that the use of cayenne pepper for fertility lacks scientific evidence and can not be trusted. it’s better to seek advice from a health expert if you have fertility challenges
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.