Health Benefits of Bell Pepper

Bell peppers come in different colors, depending on how ripe they are. People can choose from the least ripe green peppers through to yellow, orange, purple, or red, which are the ripest.

All colors of pepper have nutritional benefits, but red peppers may have higher antioxidant and phytonutrient levels because they are riper than yellow or green peppers.

Like all vegetables, bell peppers naturally contain small amounts of sugars. Red peppers are sweeter, while green peppers can taste more bitter.

In this article, we will look at the health benefits of bell peppers, analyze any risks in eating bell peppers, and offer suggestions for how to use them in cooking.

Bell peppers are high in vitamin C, especially red peppers.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), half a cup of raw, red pepper provides 95 milligrams (mg)Trusted Source of vitamin C, which accounts for 106% of the recommended Daily Value (%DV) for adults and children aged 4 and over.

Like all vitamins, vitamin C is essential. This means the body cannot make it by itself, and it only receives it through diet.

Vitamin C is important for many functions in the body, including:

producing collagen in the body, which is essential for healing wounds and forming connective tissue, protein metabolism, supporting the immune system, increasing the absorption of non-heme iron (the form found in plants)powerful antioxidant capacity, neutralizing free radicals and decreasing risk of cancer and other diseases associated with oxidative stress

Adequate consumption will also help prevent conditions that happen due to a deficiency of vitamin C, such as scurvy.

Vitamin A

According to the NIH, half a cup of raw, red pepper provides 117 micrograms (mcg) retinol activity equivalents of vitamin A, which is 13% of the recommended %DV.

The form of vitamin A that orange and red peppers contain is called beta carotene, which the body converts into the active form of vitamin A. Beta carotene is what gives these peppers their orange and red colors.

Vitamin A plays an essential role in:

vision, Immune function, reproduction,communication between cells, cell growth and normal functioning of organs

Other sources of beta carotene include spinach and sweet potatoes.

Other vitamins and minerals

Peppers are also a good source of :

Vitamin B6: This vitamin supports the central nervous system and metabolism.Folate: This vitamin, also known as vitamin B9, helps transform carbohydrates into energy and is essential for normal cell growth and development. Vitamin E: This vitamin supports the immune system and keeps blood vessels healthy. Fiber: This nutrient promotes gut and cardiovascular health by supporting regular bowel movements and reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.

Antioxidant activity

Bell peppers are an excellent source of antioxidants, including flavonoids, which help to protect against oxidative damage in the body.

Bell peppers contain a number of different antioxidants:

quercetin, luteolin,capsaicinoids, vitamin C, beta carotene and lycopene

These compounds help prevent oxidative cell damage, which may help to prevent certain diseases such as:

cancer, diabetes,cataracts, cardiovascular disease,Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease

The flavonoids in peppers also help to protect brain cells by helping prevent oxidation of the essential fats within those cells. Read More

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