Bell peppers are the sweet cousins of the small chili peppers that are used for flavoring.
They are green, yellow and orange and red in color and are crunchy to eat. All of them are very good for your health, but the red bell peppers have a much higher nutritional value.
Today, we will talk about 6 reasons why you should include these peppers in your diet.
- They are good for your vision
Aging directly affects our vision, and it commonly leads to macular degeneration and cataract. Macular degeneration is characterized by blurred vision, because the retina deteriorates. Bell peppers contain an enzyme called lutein, that reduces the aging of the eye and thus preventing cataract and macular degeneration. The yellow and red bell peppers contain certain carotenoids like beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A is very good for the eyes.
- Reduce the risk of cancer
Unhealthy lifestyle can lead to cancer. In fact, a large amount of deaths by cancer are linked to an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating healthy foods can greatly reduce the risk of cancer and other terrible diseases. Red bell peppers fit this category, because it contains lycopene, a substance that according to the studies, possesses anti-cancer properties. This substance also gives a red color to the pepper.
Bell peppers also contain capsaicin. Capsaicin is a cancer-suppressing agent, but the quantity of this substance in bell peppers is not great.
- Lower the risk of heart disease
Eating green bell peppers, that were previously steam cooked, reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease. The liver synthesizes the primary bile acids in order to decrease the levels of bad cholesterol from the body and to break down oils and fats. Researchers carried out multiple experiments that showed that steam cooked green bell pepper lowers the bad cholesterol levels. The bile acid utilize cholesterol to produce bile acid and this in turn, helps lower the risk of cancer and heart diseases.
- Boost the immune system
Bell peppers contain ascorbic acid or vitamin C, which is an effective immunity booster. It can fight off infections, promote wound healing and reduce the severity of allergic reactions. Red bell peppers contain more vitamin C than any other colored capsicums. 140 milligrams of vitamin C is contained in just half a cup of chopped red bell peppers.
- Bell peppers promote healthy skin
Repair antioxidative damage
Drinking bell pepper juice can prevent the damage that can be caused by free-radicals, and can make you look youthful.
Keep the skin healthy
Collagen is a connective tissue which holds the body together. Collagen is present in large quantities in the skin. The collagen and the vitamin C that can be found in bell peppers, keep the skin healthy.
Can alleviate infections
Bell peppers contain natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. It can effectively prevent fungal infections like athletes foot and can also prevent skin infections like shingles.
- Promote hair growth
According to some studies, higher silicon content in the hair can add brilliance and prevent hair loss. Bell peppers contain high amounts of silicon. Because they are rich in vitamin C, bell peppers can also promote hair growth. Vitamin C derivatives can stimulate the growth of dermal fibroblast, which is very important in the regulation of hair growth.
Recipe for bell peppers
There are number of ways to include sweet bell peppers in your daily diet.
- You can eat them raw by putting them in a salad. You can cook them and then add some spices for an enhanced taste.
- You can drink a bell pepper juice, that can treat nose bleeding and cure sore throats. You can blend one large stem of red grapes, a small apple, handful of spinach and 3 bell peppers together, to make yourself a glass full of health and nutrition. Just remember to remove the seeds before putting them in a blender.
Bell peppers are a good source of fiber and a good replacement for chips. Just one cup of chopped bell pepper contains 2.5 gr. of fiber. On top of that, these peppers do not contain much calories. One cup of chopped bell peppers contains around 40 calories.