About bell peppers
Bell peppers, also known as capsicum, originate from Mexico, Southern and Central America. Christopher Columbus, well-known historical figure, created the term pepper, and he is responsible for bringing them to Europe, where they became one of the favorite vegetables. The Europeans call it "paprika", but many other names are used by people all around the world for this plant. Capsicum is the term used in India and among Australian people, word mango is used in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, pinman is used by Japanese, but only to mark green bell peppers and paprika is the term related to other peppers. In the States and Canada the term pepper is used for this plant. Peppers are in a form of a bell, they have sharp taste, smooth and shiny look, and can be in different colors. It is best to use them right after the summer, particularly during August and September, because then they have freshness that we need.
How can bell peppers benefit our health?
From these vegetables, our body gets vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, and vitamin B9, or folic acid. They are beneficial for decreasing the amount of some harmful amino acids in our blood. The level of these amino acids can increase and when that happens, the chances are higher for development of vascular, coronary heart disease and even stroke. These amino acids can be destroyed by vitamins B6 and B9, which is why it is important to eat vegetables that contain these vitamins. Bell peppers are especially high in fibers that are efficient in regulating cholesterol in blood. This vegetable also contains vitamin C and vitamin A; therefore, it can show good results in fighting off problems with sight.
There are many studies about the influence of vitamin C intake on our general health and they have revealed that the more vitamin C we take in, the more our body will be immune to different kinds of inflammations, especially polyarthritis. Also, studies revealed that vitamin A is very important for lung functioning. Smokers are particularly at risk of developing problems with lungs, because toxins in cigarettes destroy vitamin A in the body. Since bell peppers are rich in vitamin A, they can benefit our lungs. Red peppers are good in prevention of different malignant diseases.
When not to use bell peppers?
If you are expecting a baby, the consumption of bell peppers can have negative effect on your womb and therefore it is best not to use them. Also if you develop any kind of allergic reaction to bell peppers you will have to stop with their consumption.