The Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

Native to Central and South America, bell peppers come in a variety of colors including green, red, yellow and orange. They are normally called sweet peppers, because they are not hot like other types of peppers such as the chili and jalapeño peppers. Because of this many people enjoy bell peppers in their salads and meals. While they might make your meal more colorful, there are many nutritional benefits to eating ball peppers.



The Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers are rich in the Vitamin B group, which is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. If you want to maintain a healthy nervous system, the Vitamin B6 found in bell peppers plays a role in both cellular growth and repair. Since these also contains folate, which plays a key role in making the cells in the body function properly, you are preventing damage to blood cells and preventing blood clots when you include them in your diet. This, in turn, you may decrease the chance of getting a heart attack by at least thirty percent.

Bell peppers contain phosphorous. If you want to maintain strong bones and healthy teeth, you may want to consider keeping this vegetable in your baker’s you refrigerator. The phosphorous also plays a role in releasing energy within the cells. Since these peppers also contain 1% of your RDA in calcium and 4 % of Vitamin K, you may prevent osteoporosis when you get older. Not only is calcium is necessary for strong bones and teeth, we also need it to lower the levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), otherwise known as the bad cholesterol.

Bell peppers contain potassium, magnesium and manganese. These are all central to your health because they all play a role in controlling blood pressure. Wouldn’t that be a good reason to include these peppers in your daily diet?

Eating bell peppers is an excellent way to build your immune system. One small ball pepper can provide you with over 120 milligrams of Vitamin C. That is over 200% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)! Not only will it help you fight off symptoms of colds and the Flu, it may also prevent you from getting sick in the first place. This vitamin is also necessary in providing collagen to the bones, which is necessary if you want strong bones.

You get over 100% of your RDA in Vitamin A. Ever since childhood we always needed this vitamin for healthy hair and strong bones and teeth. One of the reasons some children who have a delay in growth and development is because they do not get enough Vitamin A during their growing years. We also need vitamin A for healthy skin and good eyesight. This vitamin is also needed to fight infections-digestive system and urinary tract system. If you are not sure if you are getting enough Vitamin A in your daily diet, including one bell pepper ensures that you will get more than enough.

Bell peppers contain carotene which is an antioxidant that plays a key role of destroying the bad cells before they cause any further damage. While this antioxidant helps repair damaged cells because of free radicals, they also bring about anti-aging properties.  Including these peppers in your daily diet will help you maintain that youthful look.  Not only will you look young on the outside, you also will be young on the inside since these anti-aging properties are effective in fighting against degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

The next time you make yourself a salad, rice, soup or stew, think about adding bell peppers to it. Not only will they add eye catching colors, your body will thank you for it. What are you waiting for? Go to your nearest grocery food store and buy some!

 

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  • Comments

    1. Profile photo of Lois Ryan
      Lois Ryan Post author

      One of my favorite recipes is Sausage and Peppers. I usually make this in my crockpot for a dish to pass for work. This was even before I knew about the benefits

    2. Profile photo of Tania K Cowling
      Tania K Cowling

      I knew peppers have a lot of vitamin C, but wasn’t aware of the other health benefits. I love to make stuffed peppers for dinner — I need to incorporate peppers in other recipes too! Good article.

    3. Profile photo of Treathyl FOX
      Treathyl FOX

      Appreciate your posts encouraging healthy eating and maintaining a healthy diet. Sharing some of them via foodie blog I keep on Tumblr called “Food Ways”. Carry on! 🙂

    4. Profile photo of Lois Ryan
      Lois Ryan Post author

      @TreathylFox Thank you. I have to look at tumblr. I do most of my networking on Twitter. I just got back into pinterest and may check out Instagram.

      @taniakcowling I have a juicer and make fruit and vegetable blends and bell peppers is one of the veggies I use.

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