Pepper belongs to a group of popular vegetables which, however, are consumed in small quantities, usually as an addition to unhealthy dishes such as pizza. Meanwhile, pepper is rich in valuable components that make it a vital element of your diet.
Easily accessible and universal
One of pepper's advantages is its accessibility all year round. Although its prices tend to vary but in summer they are definately not high (especially when you realise how many nutrients it contains). In addition to its availability, peppers is also universal in its use. This vegetable is ideal both raw: in salads and sandwiches, as well as heat treated: in various kinds of cooked, baked or fried dishes. Pepper gives your dishes unique flavor, taste and look. It is also important to know that there are many varieties with different taste.
Aids fat reduction
Pepper can be a valuable part of a diet for those who struggle with excessive body fat. In its more spicy types you can find a substance known as capsaicin, which, due to its thermogenic properties, is often added to slimming preparations. Capsaicin has both local (in contact with skin or mucous membrane it causes itching) and systemic effects - probably everybody has experienced a heatwave after eating spicy food. Additionally, pepper provides other important components in relation to fat reduction, including fiber, vitamins and minerals: such as potassium.
Prevention of Parkinson's Disease
Regular consumption of pepper may constitute an element of preventing neurodegenerative diseases development. As shown by recent publications and observational studies, people who eat peppers at least twice a week, significantly less often succumb to Parkinson's disease. This effect is not noted for other vegetables which suggests that the above result corresponds to substances unique to peppers. It is believed that this intriguing feature is connected with notorious nicotine derivatives found in peppers, which surprisingly appears to have also certain positive values.
Good for your heart and circulatory system
Regular consumption of vegetables and friuts itself can bring about positive effects for your heart and circulatory system. However, there are some foodstuffs of vegetal origin the influence of which on cardiovascular system is essential. Pepper belongs to this group of vegetables. Its inclusion in a daily menu helps to regulate functioning of lipid metabolism by normalizing levels of individual lipoproteins in your blood; thus preventing heart disease and circulatory system malfunction. This function stems from significant soluble fiber content, but also wealth of compounds with anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic and antioxidant properties.