A joyous, cozy, rainy Saturday to You, Queridos~ What was for late lunch today? Asian cuisine was the flavor of the day as I took a moment to enjoy one of my favorite dishes: Hot & Sour Vegetarian Tofu Soup! Delicioso! Apart from the healthy protein and vegetables in this soup such as: tofu, carrots, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts, what makes this soup spicy is white pepper and diced RED PEPPERS!
According to articles by Demand Media and Chaterlaine, here are 6 health benefits of red peppers:
1. Red peppers contain almost 300 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is also needed for the proper absorption of iron. If you are iron deficient, try combining red peppers with your iron source for maximum absorption.
2. Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 and magnesium. This vitamin and mineral combination shows a decrease in anxiety, especially related to pre-menstrual symptoms. Vitamin B6 is also a natural diuretic, so try stocking up on red bell peppers to reduce bloating and prevent against hypertension.
3. Crushed red pepper helps clear the body of mucous. Clear up your stuffy nose. According to Medindia website, capsaicin found in red peppers aids in clearing nasal mucus congestion by stimulating secretions in your body that get rid of the mucus. Capsaicin is also a muscle relaxant and because of this it is used in some creams to reduce muscle pain. Creams that contain capsaicin also reduce itching and burning effects of psoriasis — a type of skin disease.
4. Red bell peppers help support healthy night vision. Red bell peppers are high in vitamin A, which helps to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision. So when it comes to bell peppers, seeing red is a good thing!
5. Red bell peppers are packed with antioxidants. The combined effects of vitamin A and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene in the mix, the red bell pepper becomes a top notch superfood. Lycopene is what makes tomatoes and peppers red. Red peppers are one of the highest veggies in lycopene, which has been successfully tested in the prevention of many cancers including prostate and lung.
6. Burn more calories with red bell peppers. Recent research has shown that sweet red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate. Red bell peppers do not contain capsaicin, which is what makes peppers hot and causes us to sweat, but they do have a mild thermogenic action that increases our metabolism without increasing our heart rate and blood pressure like the hot peppers do.
Good reasons to add this to your diet, yes? Share this information and watch for more health tips!