1. Bell peppers are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and other nutrients
Green bell peppers provide 551 IU of vitamin A per 149 g, or about 1 cup. Red bell peppers are high in this vitamin and are essential for healthy vision. One cup of chopped chili peppers of any color provides over 100% of the daily value of antioxidant vitamin C, which supports tissue health and immunity.
Bell peppers also provide folate, which supports the function of red blood cells and is especially important for pregnant women as it helps prevent certain types of birth defects in the unborn baby.
Bell peppers are also a good source of vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting functions. If cooked for a short time over low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweetness, and flavonoid content, a good nutrient.
All colors bell peppers are high sources of potassium. This mineral helps keep fluids and minerals in balance in the body, enhances muscle function, and regulates blood pressure. One cup of green peppers contains 261 mg of potassium, while the red and yellow varieties provide more than 300 mg per cup.
2. Bell peppers are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects
Red bell peppers contain many phytochemicals and carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
3. Bell peppers help lower blood cholesterol
The capsaicin in bell peppers has many health benefits. Research shows that it lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol, controls diabetes, relieves pain, and helps reduce inflammation. Bell peppers provide 3 g of fiber per cup, which can help regulate digestion and cholesterol levels.
4. Bell peppers prevent cancer
One type of antioxidant, called lycopene, is present in red bell peppers. It is a carotenoid that helps fight free radicals that come from exposure to natural environmental toxins. Lycopene may also help prevent certain types of cancer, especially prostate cancer in men. Yellow and orange peppers are also rich in carotenoids, which may protect the heart.
5. Bell peppers beautify hair and skin
Bell peppers are a rich source of vitamin E, which is known to play an important role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
6. Bell peppers have a good effect on the nervous system
Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for nervous system health and helps with cell regeneration.
7. Bell peppers for healthy eyes
Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes against cataracts and macular degeneration.
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