CAPERS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Being flower buds, capers are in fact very low in calories, 23 calories per 100 g. However, this spice-bud contains many phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins essential for optimum health.

Capers are one of the plant sources high in flavonoid compounds rutin (or rutoside) and quercetin. Capers are in-fact very rich source of quarcetin (180 mg/100 g) second only to tea leaf. Both of these compounds work as powerful anti-oxidants. Research studies suggest that quercetin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Furthermore, rutin strengthen capillaries and inhibits platelet clump formation in the blood vessels. Both these actions of rutin help in smooth circulation of blood in very small vessels. Rutin has found application in some in trial treatments for hemorrhoids, varicose veins and in bleeding conditions such as hemophilia. It also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals

The spicy buds contain healthy levels of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin K, niacin, and riboflavin. Niacin helps lower LDL cholesterol.

Furthermore, minerals like calcium, iron, and copper are present in them. High sodium levels are because of added granular sea salt (sodium chloride).

Nutritional value

Nutritional value:  100 g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

% RDA

Energy

23 Kcal

1%

Carbohydrates

4.89 g

4%

Protein

2.36 g

4%

Total Fat

0.86 g

3%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

3.2 g

8%

VITAMINS

Folates

23 mcg

6%

Niacin

0.652 mg

4.5%

Pantothenic acid

0.027 mg

0.5%

Pyridoxine

0.023 mg

2%

Riboflavin

0.139 mg

11%

Thiamin

0.018 mg

1.5%

Vitamin A

138 IU

4%

Vitamin C

4.3 mg

7%

Vitamin E

0.88 mg

6%

Vitamin K

24.6 mcg

20.5%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

2954 mg

197%

Potassium

40 mg

1%

MINERALS

Calcium

40 mg

4%

Copper

0.374 mg

42%

Iron

1.67 mg

21%

Magnesium

33 mg

8%

Manganese

0.078 mg

3%

Phosphorus

10 mg

1%

Selenium

1.2 mcg

2%

Zinc

0.32 mg

3%

PHYTO-NUTRIENTS

Carotene-ß

83 mcg

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Carotene-a

0 mcg

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Cryptoxanthin-ß

0 mcg

--

Lutein-zeaxanthin

0 mcg

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