What Are The Health Benefits of Bell Peppers?
Bell Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Capsicums…
Bell peppers contain vitamins C and A which can help neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals and reduce one’s risk of suffering from cancer and heart disease. These bell peppers can also help lessen the symptoms of asthma and arthritis.
They may appear hollow but they are certainly filled with vitamins B2, B3, B6, magnesium, folate and phosphorous.
All these vitamins and minerals in just one whole bell pepper!
- Nutrition-and-you.com – Bell pepper contains an impressive list of plant nutrients that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Unlike other chili peppers, it is very low in calories and fats. 100 g provide just 31 calories.
- Sweet (bell) pepper contains small levels of health benefiting an alkaloid compound capsaicin. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. When used judiciously, it also found to reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.
- Bell pepper has adequate levels of essential minerals. Some of the main minerals in it are iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium.
- Further, capsicum (sweet pepper) is also good in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. B-complex vitamins facilitate cellular metabolism through various enzymatic functions.
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