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9 Incredible Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

9 Incredible Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

I simply love bell peppers, particularly the brightly colored ones. Although they belong to the chili pepper family, bell peppers are mild and can jazz up a salad in an instant, lend a perky crunch to your pizza, and taste fantastic when roasted.

But the appeal of bell peppers goes way beyond their stunning good looks. Here’s a short list of the good things they can do for your health:

  • Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
  • They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful.  The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
  • Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids,  particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation.
  • If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.
  • The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
  • The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
  • Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.
  • Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.

So, pop some bell peppers into your shopping basket, and start reaping their rich health benefits!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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2:04PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

I like to cut them in half and in the hollow bit, cram some mixed beans and a bit of lemon juice. Stompin'!

4:18AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

THOUGH THEY ARE BITTER , I HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING EXTRA-ORDINARY ABOUT THEM ,THANKS ALOT FOR THAT RESEARCH.AM PLEASED AND BLESSED

2:48PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Loooove them!

12:14PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

I had not known these till today surely that is awesome and GOD BLESS

5:35PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Nutritious and easy to grow yourself. I like to use them in stir-fry, roast them for sandwiches and and even toss them into rice dishes.

8:43AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

I like peppers, especially raw with yogurt dip.

12:51AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

love them....especially grilled!

10:57AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

awesome! thanks

10:29AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thanks

8:23AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Too bad sweet bell peppers are #3 on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen of pesticide-laden food.

It's great to hear about the health benefits, but it would be good to know how that weighs against the risk of ingesting pesticides. It's difficult for consumers to decide when to pay the extra money for organic.

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