Capsicum, also known as Bell Peppers, is actually a fruit that is used in cooking, preparing salads, and in many health as well as comfort foods. Capsicum belongs to the chilli family but is not hot, and is mainly used as a vegetable in the form of a culinary spice. The high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in capsicum makes it one of the most nutritious foods.
Here are some amazing health benefits of capsicum:
Anti-inflammatory: Capsicum helps in digestion and hence prevents complex inflammatory issues of the bowel and the skin, namely Crohn’s disease and cutaneous effects in the skin respectively. The phytochemical elements present in capsicum decreases pains in the peripheral and sensory nerve endings. This can also help reduce pains from inflammation due to arthritis. A bowl of capsicum can help reduce inflammation up to nearly 50%.
Anti-cancerous: Capsicum contains a yellowish substance called ‘tannin’, which is an astringent. Hence, many researchers say that yellow capsicum is better than the green one with regard to waging a war against carcinogenic substance. This element is known to be a preventer and fighter of different types of cancers and malignant tumours. The phytochemical in capsicum, called ‘lycopene’, prevents the growth of deadly cancer cells.
Aids weight loss: Green vegetables and fruits have always been well known for promoting weight loss. As capsicum is well known for its digestive properties, you must also keep in mind the weight management that comes along with it! If you are on a weight loss mission, eat a bowl of green and yellow capsicum at least once during the day. Before you even know it, there will be significant changes in your physique!
Improves vision: The high content of vitamin C and a good amount of vitamin A in capsicum, together help you recover from night blindness. It also promotes the health of your corona and optic nerve. Capsicum contains carotenoid that prevents macular degeneration, which might cause permanent blindness.
Improves skin quality: The vitamins present in capsicum have an anti-oxidising effect on the cells of your skin (and scalp). Eating a generous helping of this green fruit cum veggie everyday will improve the texture of your skin, making you feel less worried about visiting the dermatologist!
Lowers blood sugar levels: Capsicum contains hypoglycaemic properties, which makes it the perfect food for helping you maintain proper blood sugar levels. The enzymes and vitamins present in capsicum help in the effective breaking down of carbohydrates in order to avoid excess glucose retention. Eating capsicum of all colours – red, green, yellow, and orange – regularly, is bound to promote your blood conditions.
Improves heart health: Being an organic green food, capsicum contains high levels of flavonoid, which helps in preventing coronary heart ailments. The ‘vasodilative’ property of capsicum helps in reducing hypertension by allowing smoother flow of blood in your body. In this way, all your organs also receive the required amount of oxygen. One helping of this green fruit cum vegetable can help regulate your heart health immensely!
Boosts overall immunity: Capsicum is considered by doctors to be one of the most effective greens in promoting your overall physical health conditions. Its seeds contain an extremely high concentration of anti-oxidants, and the outer skin is high on vitamin C; nearly 30% more than what’s present in oranges; and an array of minerals. These properties help your immunity system to grow stronger and develop resistance to common seasonal diseases.
With each capsicum containing roughly a maximum of 40 calories, it is one of the best foods to help you keep in proper shape and at the same time eat food that’s filling. Carry on and keep your health under check with this marvellous green food that can serve you both as a fruit and a vegetable!