They are colorful, crunchy and juicy. Red, yellow or green peppers contain three times more Vitamin C than orange juice, according to experts. Here we list some of the other health benefits this humble veggie has to offer.

Cancer-fighting properties The anti-cancer compound, lycopene, found in capsicum reduces unwanted oxidative stress in the body and thus prevents prostate cancer in men.

Weight loss Capsaicin, a chemical present in capsicum increases the metabolic rate (fat-burning rate) in the body without spiking blood pressure and heart rate, thus helping with weight loss.

Vision Capsicum is rich in Vitamin C and helps prevent night blindness in both men and women. The carotenoid present in peppers also lowers the risk of macular degeneration and helps maintain healthy vision.

Immunity The Vitamin C in capsicum encourages immunity and prevents cell damage. One chopped bell pepper contains 30-40 calories each, and is ideal for snacking on.

Iron The Vitamin C in capsicum helps with the absorption of iron, preventing iron deficiencies and anemia.

Hair growth Eating capsicum boosts hair growth by regulating the blood flow to the scalp. Incorporate this colorful vegetable into your diet to get long silky hair, and to strengthen your hair follicles.

For great blemish-free skin Red, green and yellow capsicum help with the production of collagen, a component that is responsible for healthy and firm skin. The antioxidants and phytochemical in capsicum help keep your skin youthful. Blend carrot and capsicum together, and you get a healthy drink that will clear your skin of blemishes and rashes.

Capsicum also promotes proper blood clotting and strengthens bones.

Capsicum nutrition

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Proteins
  • Steroidal Alkaloidal Glycosides (Solanine and Solasadine)
  • Fats
  • Carotenoids. (This would include Capsanthin, Lutein and Carotene)
  • Provitamins( these are substances that are converted into vitamins by the body)
  • Capsaicinoid Oleoresin
  • Scopoletin.