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7 Benefits of Pepper for Health

7 Benefits of Pepper for Health

Pepper is a vegetable that is related to peppers, but with very low levels of peptide, because it does not contain large amounts of capsaicin, a substance that gives the flavor a burning effect.

For each color , a different property

When we talk about peppers, we always think of the three colors. But did you know that everyone is the same vegetable? "What changes are the stages of maturation, the green is the initial, then it turns yellow and then reddens," explains nutrologist Roberto Navarro. And each stage has different nutrients, as the expert explains: while red has more zinc and vitamin A, yellow has excellent concentrations of vitamin C. "Green has this vitamin, but in smaller amount, because the longer in the foot , more nutrients the pepper accumulates, "concludes Navarro.

And no matter the version, everyone has plenty of antioxidants, which gives the peppers, in general, several properties for health. See the main ones below:

1. Strengthens the Immune System

Vitamins A and C are the flagship of chili. "Vitamin C is very important for the immune system, because it facilitates the production of antibodies," explains nutrologist Roberto Navarro. Vitamin A also participates in processes in the defense of the body, so consuming a food rich in these nutrients helps to have the body more protected from viruses and bacteria.

2. Helps in the prevention of cancer

These vitamins have antioxidant properties, that is, they avoid the process of degeneration of the tissues of the body, which also cause mutations that can lead to cancer. "Studies show that diets rich in antioxidant foods, such as sweet peppers, can reduce the incidence of this disease," says Navarro, who points out that there are no specific studies on sweet peppers, however.

3. Protects the brain from degeneration

Oxidation leads to various degenerative processes throughout the body. "When oxidation occurs in the brain, for example, this can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementias," says the expert. Therefore, consuming antioxidant foods, such as peppers, helps prevent this type of picture from happening, by reducing that action.

4. Helps in eye health

Pepper nutrients help shield eye health, and do not just thank Vitamin A and C here. "The chili is rich in carotenoids that protect the retina, so the consumption of these nutrients is related to the reduction of the risk of macular degeneration and cataract," says nutritionist Fabiana Honda, of PB Consultoria em Nutrição (SP). 5. Blind the Heart

Quercetin in pepper is important to protect heart health. "It is a flavonoid associated with lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease because it acts on lowering blood pressure," says Fabiana. In addition, Navarro recalls that cholesterol only forms plaques of fat in the arteries when oxidized, so the antioxidants of pepper have an important role in avoiding this picture, which leads to strokes and strokes.

6. Combat Early Aging

Oxidation also leads to the aging of the skin and the appearance of wrinkles and consuming antioxidant foods like pepper is a great way to prevent this process from occurring early. "In addition, vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, which in the skin helps maintain its firmness, which leaves it with a more youthful appearance," says Navarro.

7. Collagen and Bone Care

Collagen is also important for bones and joints, so it's interesting to consume foods rich in vitamin C to some extent help in the health of these body parts, aided in locomotion. But make no mistake, chili does not have good amounts of calcium to help bone health in other ways.


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