8 amazing benefits of bell peppers

Apart from the lovely appearance, bell peppers bring many benefits to our health.

Here is the list of positive outcomes when you eat bell peppers properly:

1. Bell peppers are rich in vitamins 

100 grams of green bell pepper provide 370 IU of vitamin A. Red bell peppers also contain a lot of this vitamins, so if you wish to maintain good eyesight, bell pepper is a perfect choice. A small cup of chopped peppers (any colors) meets 100% of the body’s daily need of vitamin C. 

Bell peppers also provide folate which supports the functions of red blood cells and is especially important for pregnant women as it helps to prevent certain types of congenital defects in the fetus.

This kind of food is also a huge source of vitamin K which benefits the blood clotting. If cooked for a short time by small fire, bell peppers retain most of their sweetness and flavonoid content. 

2. Bell peppers contain a lot of antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory effects 

Red bell pepper contains many phytochemicals and carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. 

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In addition to the adorable look, bell peppers are really good for health 

3. Bell peppers help reduce cholesterol in blood 

The capsaicin in the bell pepper has many health benefits. Many researches have proved that it lowers bad LDL cholesterol, controls diabetes, relieves pains and reduces inflammation. One small cup of bell peppers provides 3 g of fiber which helps regulate the digestion and cholesterol level in the blood. 

4. Bell peppers prevent cancer 

An antioxidant called lycopene is found in red bell peppers. Lycopene is a type of carotenoids that helps fight free radicals. Lycopene prevents certain types of cancer, especially prostate cancer in men. Yellow and orange peppers are also rich in carotenoids, which can protect the heart. 

5. Bell peppers nurture the hair and the skin

Bell peppers are a great source of vitamin E, which is known to play an important role in keeping skin and hair in good conditions. 

6. Bell peppers have positive effects on the nervous system 

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Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps to regenerate the cells. 

7. Bell peppers make your eyes healthier 

Some enzymes in bell peppers like lutein protect the eyes against cataracts and macular degeneration.

8. Bell peppers control the blood pressure:

Bell peppers of all colors are rich in potassium. This mineral helps to keep fluids and minerals balanced in the body, enhancing the muscles and regulating blood pressure effectively. A small cup of green pepper (about 149g) contains 261 mg of potassium, while the red and yellow ones provide more than 300 mg of potassium per cup. 

By: Chris Stewart

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