Health Advantages of Capsicum, Bell Pepper

Updated on 26 Dec 2012,
Published on 06 Jun 2012

Capsicum (Shimla Mirch) is a vegetable which is also known as sweet, chilli and bell pepper. It comes in a variety of colors like yellow, red and green. You can eat it in raw or cooked forms by stuffing it with cheese and rice. This one is widely used in the Asian regions. It contains no fat and cholesterol content. On the nutrient part, its rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2 and B3, and vitamin C and vitamin E, and proteins, carotenoids and carotene. Learn about its main health benefits here:

capsicum, bell pepperAntioxidants- The presence of vitamin A and C provides a lot of antioxidants in your body. They control the movement of free radicals that can cause damage and raise the risk of various diseases. It mainly includes the problems of cardiovascular diseases, cataracts and bronchial asthma.

Pain reliever- Certain studies have shown that capsicum ceases pain by blocking the painful nerves. So it helps to treat the problems related to trauma and injury.

Burns calories- This veggie reduces the level of triglycerides in the bloodstream and burns calories.

Laxative effect- As capsicum posses a laxative effect, so it helps to treat the problems of irregular bowel movement and constipation. But use it only in moderation as, otherwise, it can reverse these conditions.

Impotency and cancer- A good amount of vitamin A and a compound, capsaicin, are present in this veggie. They work together to heal the problems of impotency and cancer.

Cardiovascular diseases- Due to the least cholesterol level in this vegetable, it prevents the onset of various cardiovascular diseases.

Anti-inflammatory effect- The anti-inflammatory nature of capsicum helps to treat the problems of arthritis and osteoporosis.

Prevents blood clotting- Vitamin C in capsicum helps to dissolve blood clots and prevent the occurrence of this problem.

Diabetes- The consumption of this vegetable is beneficial for the patients of diabetes as it helps them to recover fast.

Other benefits- It can also treat the problems of sore back muscles, rheumatism, sprains, bruises and various respiratory tract infections.

*Do not overeat this vegetable as like many other foods, even this one makes the metabolism sluggish if its overdose is taken. So use it only in moderation.

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