CHILI PEPPERS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health Benefits

Chili Peppers Have Loads of Vitamin C

 A typical chili pepper packs more vitamin C than an orange, so if you need your extra C, grab a chili pepper! How much vitamin C, you ask? A single 14 gram jalapeno pepper contains 10% of your daily needs. According to Nutrition Data, a single 73 gram chili pepper contains 83%.

Chili Peppers Help Protect Your Heart

 Capsaicin may help to protect the heart by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation. It may also help the body dissolve fibrin, which is necessary for blood clots to form. Further, cultures around the world that use hot peppers liberally in their meals have significantly lower rates of heart attack and stroke than cultures that do not.

Chili Pepper Can Help You Burn Fat and Lose Weight

Did you know that capsaicin is a thermogenic? Thermogenics stimulate the body's burning of fat by increasing the metabolism of the body's adipose tissue, generating heat. So many of us can stand to shed a few pounds and lose some unwanted extra weight, so a smart and healthy move is to drop the fatty foods and replace them with some chili pepper spice, along with the inclusion of regular exercise, of course.

At Daegu University, Korea, biotechnologist Jong Won Yun and colleagues report that capsicum lowers caloric intake, shrinks fat tissue and reduces fat levels in the blood.

Chili Peppers Help Lower High Blood Pressure

Eating chili peppers are naturally high in vitamins A and C, and also bioflavonoids. They help strengthen our blood vessels, which makes them more elastic and better able to adjust to blood pressure fluctuations. Chili peppers also can make us sweat, which causes fluid loss, temporarily reducing overall blood volume. 

Chili pepper contains an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

Chilies contain health benefiting an alkaloid compound in them, capsaicin, which gives them strong spicy pungent character. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.

Fresh chili peppers, red and green, are rich source of vitamin-C. 100 g fresh chilies provide about 143.7 µg or about 240% of RDA. Vitamin C is a potent water-soluble antioxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis inside the human body. Collagen is one of the main structural protein required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps protect from scurvy, develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity), and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

They are also good in other antioxidants such as vitamin-A, and flavonoids like ß-carotene, a-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidant substances in capsicum help protect the body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress, diseases conditions.

Chilies carry a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Chilies are 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 human body requires them from external sources to replenish.

Nutrition value

Serving size :100g.

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

% RDA

Calories

40

 

Water

88 %

 

Protein

1.9 g

 

Carbs

8.8 g

 

Fiber

1.5 g

 

Fat

0.4 g

 

VITAMINS

Vitamin A

48 µg

5%

Vitamin C

143.7 mg

160%

Vitamin D

0 µg

~

Vitamin E

0.69 mg

5%

Vitamin K

14 µg

12%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

0.07 mg

6%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

0.09 mg

7%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

1.24 mg

8%

Vitamin B5 (Panthothenic acid)

0.2 mg

4%

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.51 mg

39%

Vitamin B12

0 µg

~

Folate

23 µg

6%

Choline

10.9 mg

2%

MINERALS

Calcium

14 mg

1%

Iron

1.03 mg

13%

Magnesium

23 mg

6%

Phosphorus

43 mg

6%

Potassium

322 mg

7%

Sodium

9 mg

1%

Zinc

0.26 mg

2%

Copper

0.13 mg

14%

Manganese

0.19 mg

8%

Selenium

0.5 µg

1%

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