Bell pepper, also known as capsicum or sweet pepper, is an adored ingredient in cuisines throughout the world for its slightly tangy and sweet flavor. Bell peppers are generally famous for the aroma, color and crunch they add to the dish. But, bell peppers provide more than just color and crunch to dishes.
These vibrant vegetables are a source of valuable nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Bell peppers are mainly composed of water (92%). The rest is made up of carbohydrates and small amounts of protein and fat. Bell peppers are loaded with various vitamins and minerals, and are exceptionally rich in vitamin C. Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C. 100 g red pepper provides about 213% of RDA of vitamin C. Next is vitamin A; in addition to vitamin A it contains anti-oxidant flavonoids such as a and ß carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin. Bell peppers also have adequate levels of essential minerals. Some of the main minerals in it are iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Further, these are also good in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1).
Bell peppers are a rich source of carotenoids as well, all colors of bell peppers that is. These are actually pigments which make the hues of the veggie seem so. The human body converts these to vitamins and retinol, which is good for the eyes and the vision at large, and even for the skin and immunity as well. Beta carotene is known to be a powerful antioxidant and can help bring down heart and cancer issues too, say health experts.
Withstanding all these essential minerals and nutrients bell peppers are no less than a super veggie. They taste good, makes dish look good, and furthermore it gives you health benefits that you can’t imagine. Some of them are:
- Weight Management:
If you are trying to lose weight without sacrificing nutrition, red bell peppers can be beneficial as it boosts metabolism. Increased metabolism regulates body fat and calorie levels. Bell peppers have the ability of boosting metabolism through decreasing the body fats’ triglycerides. Triglycerides are responsible of storing unwanted body fats. If you want to optimize the fat storage of the body, targeting triglycerides is the key. Fast metabolism is very helpful in losing weight and shredding excess body fats.
- Boosts Immunity:
Sources of vitamin C and adequate intake of nutrients have been associated with lesser health problems and better health; and bell peppers have been shown to bolster immunity and prevent cell damage thus protecting our body from foreign elements that can cause various diseases and problems as mild as fever and cold to as severe as cancer.
- Good for Eyes:
Bell peppers contain certain enzymes such as lutein which is good for your eyes. Lutein protects the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration. It has also been found that it improves the vision power and keeps all eye and vision related problems away. So, add bell peppers today in your children diet and protect them from getting spectacles at a tender age.
- Protects hair and Skin:
Skin and hair does not always require care from outside, but if proper nutrients are taken then that could also help get a healthy skin and good looking hair. Bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is beneficial for the skin and hair. So, you must include bell peppers in your daily diet to get that healthy and younger looking skin and strong hair.
- Cancer Prevention:
One of the biggest benefits of including bell peppers in your diet is its ability to prevent or stop the growth of cancer causing cells. Bell peppers helps to keep all types of cancer at bay, as it has sulfur content which protects the body from the cancer virus. And the high quality of antioxidants it contains also keeps a check on the free radical that could be a cause of cancer or tumors. So keep eating this vegetable to stay away from the deadly disease.
- Digestive Problems at Bay:
With the help of dietary fiber found in bell peppers, one can be assured that the digestive system is kept happy. Even the colon and the intestines are kept happy as well. Since the fiber absorbs the extra water in the foods we eat and helps with easy bowel movements the next morning
- Prevents Anemia:
One of the most common causes of anemia is iron deficiency, the main symptoms of which are weakness and tiredness. Not only are bell peppers a decent source of iron, they are also exceptionally rich in vitamin C, which increases the absorption of iron from the gut. Thus, eating bell peppers can increase the amount of iron in body and fights anemia and many other problems related to deficiency of iron.
- Fights Inflammation:
Bell peppers are packed with the phyto-chemical capsaicin. Capsaicin is a powerful neurotoxin, which lowers the levels of the inflammatory compound substance P. The analgesic property of bell pepper can induce the release of the feel good hormone endorphins. The hormone endorphin, which is the body’s self-producing pain medicine, fights inflammation.
- Reduces Bad Cholesterol:
Bell pepper has antioxidants that significantly contribute in reducing the bad cholesterol levels in the body also called LDL cholesterol. Bell pepper properties stop LDL or the bad cholesterols from oxidation. It does not only stop LDL cholesterol oxidation but also boosts (good cholesterol)HDL cholesterol production that is very needed by the body. This will lead to a balanced cholesterol levels that will benefit your health in so many ways.
- Regulates Blood Flow:
Proper blood flow affects the overall health of the heart. With the high level of Vitamin C content present in bell pepper, it assures proper circulation of blood flow. It relaxes the veins and strengthens the wall of the blood vessels to support proper flow of blood. If the flow of blood is regulated, blood clot and its effects like stroke or even heart attack are avoided.
- Brain Booster:
As already discussed, bell peppers are high in vitamin B6 and magnesium. This makes bell peppers an essential food for our brain, as they help in renewing brain cells. It has been also found that bell peppers promote emotional well-being by decreasing anxiety. Thus, it takes care of our whole nervous system.
These 11 are just the top benefits, the list is even longer. You must be eating bell peppers before, but now enjoy them more; knowing the benefits it has to offer to your health. And don’t forget to comment and give suggestions if any.
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