Pepper, Red

Pepper, Red

Formal Name: Piper nigrum
Supplement Forms: Powder

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Red pepper originates in Mexico, South America, and Central America. It was introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers visiting the New World. It has been used for centuries as a food flavoring and to to treat stomach conditions. The term "cayenne pepper" refers to a hotter version of red pepper.

Bodily Functions Pepper, Red Assists

Some scientific research indicates that red pepper may possess a bevy of health benefits. These include the ability to fight headaches, increase metabolism, burn fat, improve circulation, alleviate nerve pain, and possibly even fight cancer.

Foods High in Pepper, Red

Crushed red pepper makes a wonderful, spicy addition to a variety of foods. Try sprinkling some in pasta sauce to add some zip, or using it as a pizza topping. Red pepper can also be added to vegetable and meat marinades, giving your food some extra bite.

Ailment That Pepper, Red Eliminates:
  • May induce fat burning, treating obesity
  • Increases metabolism
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves muscle and nerve pain
  • Treats psoriasis
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • May cause irritation when used topically
  • Gastrointestinal irritation
  • Breast feeding women should avoid red pepper, as it may cause dermatitis in the baby
  • Do not eat red pepper if you use sedatives, theophylline, MAOIs, ACE inhibitors, or blood pressure medication