DID YOU KNOW? Chilli peppers are packed with vitamins and minerals

Red and green chili peppersChili peppers contain an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

They have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals i.e 100 g provides (in % of recommended daily allowance):

240% of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid)

39% of vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine)

32% of vitamin A

14% of copper

13% of iron

7% of potassium

-Chilies contain capsaicin, which has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties.

-Studies have also verified that consumption of chilli can reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese  people.
-Chili peppers are a rich source of vitamin-C which is necessary for the collagen synthesis in the body.

-Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones.

-Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

-Chillies are also good in other antioxidants which help protect the body from free radicals generated during stress and illness.

-Chilies contain Potassium which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

-Also Manganese which is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

-Chilies are also good in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin and thiamin (vitamin B-1). The body requires these from external source to replenish.

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