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Is there such a thing as too much cayenne pepper

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I started to up my intake of Cayenne Pepper after reading the health benefits, i have always been fond of all things spicy but these days i tend to use Cayenne pepper like a condiment, it goes on pretty much everything i eat. I use a 26 gram jar every 2 weeks (approx). I was just wondering if theres any known adverse effects/complications from overuse, my intake will no doubt increase as i can't get enough of this stuff. Thanks in advance for any input.

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on August 05, 2013
at 03:17 PM

Appropriate answer coming from a poop master

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on October 25, 2012
at 08:57 PM

ha, whoops. that's what I get for auto-correcting without reading the change.

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:42 AM

I'm one of the ones that doesn't have reactions to nightshades, and I love hot spicy foods, so for me, cayenne is awesome. :)

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on October 24, 2012
at 06:03 AM

It's capsaicin btw...

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:43 AM

The answer is 31.

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on October 23, 2012
at 11:42 PM

no....not ever.

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59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 24, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Imo you need to lay off the cayenne when you hit the "Stop, my ass is on fire!" stage, but until then, pour it on.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on August 05, 2013
at 03:17 PM

Appropriate answer coming from a poop master

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on October 23, 2012
at 11:23 PM

peppers are nightshades(like tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes) and some people have reactions to those, but if you feel fine, i dont think theres a problem

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:42 AM

I'm one of the ones that doesn't have reactions to nightshades, and I love hot spicy foods, so for me, cayenne is awesome. :)

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:51 AM

No, nothing is wrong with the cayenne, or specifically with capsicum. This is the chemical in the pepper that causes you to sense the hot feeling. Peppers are great for your body, as long as it doesn't burn when it comes out. I try to avoid mixing greasy foods with extremely hot foods, as that's the only time I have issues.

Since you're using so much, try switching to a stronger pepper. I'm a pepperhead, and light my self up about every day. Look for bhut jolokia powder, AKA Ghost Pepper. This is the second hottest pepper in the world, and can be found for a pretty good price online. If you really want to kick up your foods, try using fresh peppers. Habaneros are very easy to find locally, and will definitely kick up your taste buds.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on October 24, 2012
at 06:03 AM

It's capsaicin btw...

E3e88853a46adf1432fad73294335ae2

(38)

on October 25, 2012
at 08:57 PM

ha, whoops. that's what I get for auto-correcting without reading the change.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:56 PM

oh well,the worst case scenario is that you can damage your gastrointestinal tract which is likely to cause an irriration in your stomach and some stomach aches as well but cayenne pepper also contains capsaicin which can cause some weight loss :-)

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804dfc0f1bca34eda65b2b26e83d31a3

on August 05, 2013
at 10:48 AM

I'm sitting on the toilet right now chucking a shit.. I think the peppers make everything digest quicker, but I am experiencing the worst stomach ache right now.. But I think overdoing it could mess up your insides?

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on July 05, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Cayenne pepper can give some people headaches, dizziness and feeling of lightheadedness, so if you're sensitive to it like I am, its best to avoid it, or use only in tiny amounts.

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on October 25, 2012
at 04:01 PM

Wow, you guys talk as if burning buttholes are a bad thing.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:55 PM

my ass burns like crazy if i even use a sprinkle of it. i have a very sensitive ass, but if i didn't, i'd use it. keep it up.

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:24 PM

Wow, what a response!! i love this site!! Thank you all so much for your answers it is much appreciated guys. I'm not at all sensitive to nightshades but thanks for the heads up. so it looks like i can keep firing my food up then, happy days. I will also have a look at ghost pepper. Thanks again people!

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:20 AM

I used to take cayenne capsules. I liked the way it made me feel, except it turned my colon into a sludge factory (sorry for the image!). I gave it up pretty soon.

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Yes, there's a downside and the possibility of too much. Pay attention if you start getting stomach aches. The nightshade issue is a biggie. Personally, I'm a huge, huge fan of hot--hot--hot, and I can no longer eat any at all. Seriously, paprika now is painful. Just watch your body's signals.

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