The recommended dose for cayenne pepper supplements is about 475mg but this number could be higher or lower depending on the purpose for which it is being used. Since my capsules are 500mg, I needed another herb to fill the 25% deficit. I chose Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis ) because it’s a nutritive plant (see how herbs are classified here).
Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae that springs from warm, fresh water bodies. Because it grows in a naturally alkaline environment, it is also comprised of a wide range of essential minerals including:
Essential amino acids (These are amino acids that we cannot produce but are critical to our well being and therefore acquired through foods):
Some of the vitamins in spirulina include:
- vitamin A
- B1 (thiamine)
- B2 (riboflavin)
- B3 (nicotinamide)
- B6 (pyridoxine)
- B9 (folic acid)
- vitamin C
- vitamin D
- vitamin E
The U.S. National Library of Medicine stated that spirulina is similar to milk or meat as a protein source. In its powder form spirulina protein content is between 51-71%. Some studies have showed spirulina to be as high as four times the protein in beef and fish.
Aside from nutrition, spirulina helps to strengthening the immune system, by enabling production of more red and white blood cells, as well as the cells which kill viruses and germs. The minerals, vitamins and amino acids in spirulina help to fight free radicals responsible for premature-aging.
In addition to being your powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals, spirulina is a potent detoxifier of the liver and kidneys. For this reason higher water intake is recommended to ensure absorption into the system.
It’s advised that your spirulina is purchased from a reputable company in light of water pollution. If poisonous residues of arsenic and mercury are find their way in to water (as they have in some countries) spirulina also absorbs them and will eventually transfer them into the body. Extra precaution is advised when buying spirulina. The spirulina I am using is from Mountain Rose Herbs, link on the side bar.
I added a teaspoon of black pepper to this mix to help with the absorption of cayenne pepper on the advise of my nutritionist. The recipe looks like this:
¼ cup spirulina
¾ cup 35,000 H.U cayenne pepper (more info on heat units here)
1 teaspoon black pepper
Capsule size 0 – holds 500mg of herb
I will be taking these capsules for the month of September and obviously stop in case of adverse reaction. With the low dose it’s highly unlikely that I will have adverse reaction to the cayenne capsules. My goals are to keep taking the capsules and using the cayenne pepper oil until the nappyversary mid-December then measure my length to compare. Even if the cayenne does not stimulate blood flow to induce growth rate, there are plenty of health benefits to taking cayenne pepper. I’m hoping for the best of both…the nutrition and hair growth.