2 Questions from John Marikos
Essential Herbal question: If red beets are important to the liver, how com the excretory system gets rid of the red coloring so fast? It's made me think that any color of beets is fine and that the red coloring is an unused, unneeded waste product. Or does the red coloring need to pass completely through the liver and kidneys to benefit the body.
The fact that you see evidence of beets in your stools and urine defines both your transit time and your kidney flow. Just because you do not retain the color, does not mean that the liver is not benefitting from the antioxidant effect that beets provide for our largest filtration system.
What makes cayenne different, special from other hot peppers? They seem to have the same or similar chemicals, yet everyone refers to it as the healthy pepper when many of use various hot peppers in our cooking. Thank you for your answers and your article and your website.
I do not think that Cayenne is different. Most of the hot peppers we consume contain Capsaisin- the helpful component of cayenne peppers. Both Capsicum furticens (Tobasco Chile) and Habanero (and other) peppers contain Capsaisin. All are high on the Scoville Scale.
Perhaps the fact that Cayenne peppers were first discovered to contain Capsaisin; then studies followed; marketing followed; and we stick to proven information on which to build assumptions. Perhaps the field is open for discovery to the use of many of the other peppers.