Healthy Rainbow of Deliciousness, Bell Pepper Goodness
Bell Peppers offer a rainbow of healthy deliciousness because they are sweet and deliciously adaptable to all sorts of recipes. Bell peppers are healthy because they contain essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that will help you maintain healthy eating. When you eat these vitamins rather than take them in supplement form, your body is able to absorb exactly the amount you need and safely discard the rest. Bell peppers come in green, yellow, red and orange varieties. The red bell pepper contains the most nutrients of the group, but all are great for your health.
Bell peppers contain over 30 different types of carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, which are responsible for the bright colors in fruits and vegetables. These carotenoids support vision by warding off potential diseases and by absorbing damaging blue light to the eyes.
Carotenoids also have powerful antioxidant properties that can prevent certain types of cancers. They stop free radicals, which are the cell damaging oxygen atoms that react with other molecules in your body. Make sure to let bell peppers ripen to maximize the amount of antioxidant benefits they possess. Ripening of bell peppers increase the carotenoid content which contain sulfur, to help prevent cancer.
The amount of vitamin C increases with the ripening of the bell pepper, and they have an abundance of vitamin C. One cup of sliced red bell peppers gives you 157% of your daily vitamin C content, making them a great way to stay healthy.
If you are feeling blue, try to increase the amount of vitamin B6 you consume. Naturally occurring in bell peppers, B6 helps your brain produce serotonin and norepinephrine, two chemicals that affect your mood.
Natural Sleep Aid:
Bell peppers are a great sleep aid. The vitamin B6 found in bell peppers increases melatonin production, that your body needs to regulate its internal clock.
Bell peppers are very low in fat and calories, about 1 gram of fat and 29 calories per cup, which makes them an ideal snack option, or a great supplement for a main meal. This small amount of fat is enough to provide a reliable storage for bell pepper’s fat-soluble nutrients.
Bell peppers contain a solid amount of Vitamin E, which helps keep skin vibrant and youthful, and hair strong and healthy.
Capsaicin is a nutrient that lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in your system.
Helps With Pain:
Bell peppers relieve chronic pain in some important ways. The Vitamin C and K, in bell peppers have anti-inflammatory properties. These properties reduce swelling and protect against osteoporosis. The nutrient capsaicin also relieves chronic pain.
The anti-inflammatory properties in bell pepper lowers inflammation in arteries, which means that bell peppers help prevent heart disease and diabetes.