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How Do I Choose the Best Cayenne Tincture?

Clear vodka is typically used in cayenne tincture.
Dried cayenne peppers.
A cayenne pepper.
A cayenne tincture.
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  • Last Modified Date: 12 March 2014
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Cayenne tincture is an herbal supplement that many people use as part of their efforts to maintain good cardiovascular health, as well as aid in managing conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and even to nourish the eyes. Choosing the right tincture is important if you want to get the most benefits from the dietary supplement. In order to find the best cayenne pepper tincture, it is important to look closely at the type of peppers used in the formula, as well as the quality of alcohol used in the recipe.

Many people are not aware that the heat of the peppers used in the cayenne tincture is indicative of the amount of capsicum found in the cardiovascular supplement. Simply put, the hotter the pepper, the greater the benefits in terms of health and healing. The hotter peppers contain larger doses of essential vitamins and minerals like the B vitamins, vitamins A and C, and zinc. Ideally, the peppers used should be varieties that provide somewhere in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 IUs or International Units of heat.

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Vodka is often used in the preparation of a cayenne tincture. Clear vodka that is free of any contaminants will mean fewer elements to interfere with the fusion between the liquid and the ground cayenne pepper used to make the herbal extract. There are also some capsicum tinctures made with other types of alcohol, including whiskey. In any event, making sure the alcohol used is as uncontaminated as possible will help to improve the overall quality of the tincture and make it possible to enjoy a wider range of health benefits.

In addition to purchasing cayenne tincture online or at local herb shops, it is also possible to make your own at home. A number of recipes are found in books written by alternative health practitioners as well as online. This approach allows you to personally select the ingredients for the tincture and assure you know the exact quality of the finished product.

Cayenne tincture is a well-known folk remedy for stopping a heart attack in progress. While there is some difference of opinion among health professionals regarding the efficacy of the tincture for this purpose, there is a significant amount of anecdotal evidence that a few drops of the tincture in a small amount of warm water can improve the chances of surviving a cardiovascular episode. For general health purposes, a few drops of the tincture in water or tea a few hours before bed is said to promote recuperative sleep as well as help remove excess cholesterol from the bloodstream.

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