Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Benefits of Paprika

Paprika is a mild spice produced by grinding the fruits of the family of capsicum annuum plants which include red bell pepper and chili peppers. Paprika however has a very minimal dose of capsaisin, the compound that produces a sensation of burning. Capsaisin is one of the main compounds in the pepper family that provides health benefits - due to the lack of capsaisin in paprika, health benefits aren't as strong (as cayenne or chilli powder). If you can't stand the heat of cayenne pepper, then opt for Paprika - get the benefits without the heat.

Paprika, however, is also said to be extraordinarily high in Vitamin C and is rich in carotenids which are red and yellow pigments found in vegetables and herbs that impart health benefits.

It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in medicine as a topical analgesic.
But while paprika abundantly contains these healthy constituents, it is not particularly known for its medicinal benefits as a stand-alone spice. However, it does contribute to an overall healthy diet when used as a seasoning in dishes.
The following are the paprika benefits that may be derived from consuming this herb:
  • Paprika helps to regulate blood pressure.
  • Paprika may help improve blood circulation.
  • Paprika may help assist digestion by normalizing acid in the stomach.
  • Paprika as an antibiotic.
  • Paprika has anti-inflammatory properties.

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