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Peppers/Capsicum

chilli-pepper

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Capsicum are delicious raw served with a homemade dip or sautéed with Mexican seasonings and served with fish or beef. They can be used in salads or lightly cooked in stir-fries.

Chili peppers can vary in heat and are great for you, but depending on how you feel, you can either choose a weaker type of chili or reduce the amount you use and still receive their healing benefits.

If you are not eating organic capsicum or chili, be sure to wash them well before consumption as they do tend to contain some pesticides on the skin surface. You can mix 10% white vinegar and 90 percent warm water and soak for around 10 minutes then rub and rinse.

Why Peppers/Capsicum are good for us

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Why Peppers/Capsicum are good for us

Chili Peppers

According to the American Association for Cancer Research the capsaicin and antioxidants found in chilli peppers can help kill cancer cells in leukemia and prostate cancer. Chili peppers improve digestive health and metabolism, alleviates migraines and may reduce risks of cancer as well as helping fight fungal infections, colds and flu, provides joint pain relief, fights inflammation, supports cardiovascular health, may improve cognitive functions and promotes red blood cell growth.

Capsicum

A capsicum is related to the chili family but is bred to not have any heat and therefore has a lower amount of capsaicin. However, it is one of the best sources of carotenoids like beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein.

They are also rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine) vitamin B2 (riboflavin) vitamin B3 (niacin) vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate/folic acid) vitamin C and vitamin E.

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