Bell peppers come in a wide array of vivid colors ranging from green, red, yellow, orange, purple, brown and black.  They make a delicious contribution to an array of meals such as salads and stir fry.  These crunchy additions pack a bevy of health benefits as well as flavor.

Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C and A.  Both are powerful antioxidants that fights off the oxidative stress of free radicals which is responsible for age related diseases such as macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and arthritis.  Vitamin C also helps detoxify our bodies, promotes healing of all of our cells, and allows us to better deal with stress.  It supports the good bacteria in our gut, destroys detrimental bacteria and viruses, removes heavy metals, protects us from pollution, and strengthens our immune system as well.

Vitamin A fights cancer by inhibiting the production of DNA in cancerous cells. It slows down tumor growth in established cancers and may keep leukemia cells from dividing.  It is also key for good vision, a healthy immune system, cell growth and maintaining healthy moisture balance for our skin.  It is also essential for white blood cells that fight infection once in the body.  

Bell peppers also contain vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E and K.  Vitamin B1 plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous and cardiovascular functioning of the body.  It helps with the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, is required for the breakdown of fats and protein, helps maintain the muscle tone along the wall of the digestive tract and promote the health of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver.

Vitamin B2 breaks down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, playing a major role in the production of energy.  It also minimizes the effects of cancer-producing carcinogens, keeps the mucous membranes in the mouth and bowels healthy, helps maintain healthy eyes and clear vision, helps repair damaged tissues and allows wounds to heal more quickly. It plays a key role in keeping the nervous system, skin, eyes, mouth, and hair in good condition and helps in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and epilepsy.

Vitamin B3 prevents heart disease, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, osteoarthritis, and type-1 diabetes.  It also assists in the energy production of cells and is beneficial for healthy brain, nervous and digestive system function.  It’s also key in maintaining good blood circulation, healthy robust skin condition, and normal functioning of brain, boosting memory power.

Vitamin B5 helps in the synthesis of cholesterol, which helps produce vitamin D and steroid hormones.  It also can prevent acne and hair loss, helps with wound healing, alleviates symptoms of respiratory disorders like asthma and allergies and helps with stress and anxiety.  It also helps to improve immunity, osteoarthritis, ageing signs, resistance to various types of infections, physical growth, and diabetes and skin disorders.

Vitamin B6 helps maintain healthy brain and nerve function, plays a key role in synthesizing antibodies that are needed to fight various diseases and helps in the formation of red blood cells.  It also helps with breaking down and digesting proteins.

Vitamin E prevents blood clotting, is beneficial to hair and skin health and reduces the risk of sunstroke and heart disease. Vitamin K helps with the absorption of calcium, assists with blood clotting, prevents osteoporosis, regulates blood sugar and plays a role in the maintenance of cardiac muscles, capillaries and blood vessels.

These are just some of the benefits you reap from making Bell peppers a regular in your diet so what have you got to lose!

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