8 Amazing things about Paprika

Health Benefits of Paprika

By: Arlene Gentallan

8 Amazing things about Paprika
8 Amazing things about Paprika

        Paprika is a spice made by grinding dried red peppers from the species Capsicum annuum. It's typically milder than chili power.

        Paprika is an indispensable spice. It not just boost the flavor of your favorite dishes, but also does some amazing things for your health. Here are some amazing things about paprika:

1. Promotes weight loss

        Paprika increases your body's metabolism, which aids you in burning more fat. 1 tablespoon of paprika contains about only 19 calories. It's low in calories but it's health benefit is paramount.

2. Fights Cravings

        This red spice has also been shown to reduce appetite, which helps avoid one of the most common reason behind diet failure--cravings!

3. Increases "Good" cholesterol

        In a study by Aizawa and Inakuma, they have found out that paprika's main carotenoid "capsanthin" increases level of good cholesterol HDL (high density lipoprotein.) HDL promotes clear up of cholesterol from the blood stream thus preventing plaque build-up on the walls of blood vessels.

4. Anti-cancer

        Paprika is contains powerful antioxidant "carotenoids" which inhibit tumor growth and protects the body against damaging free radicals.

5. Heart Healthy
        Eating carotenoid rich foods has been associated with a significant lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.

6. Promotes good Eyesight

        Paprika is a rich source of carotenoids such as vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A aids us to see better in dim light. Lutein and zeaxanthin protects tissues of the eye from the damaging rays of the sun. These nutrients help prevent cataract and macular degeneration.

7. Vitamin E

        A tablespoon of paprika contains about 10% of your daily requirement of antioxidant vitamin E. Vitamin E boosts your immune system, prevents premature aging, and reduces risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, and dementia.

8. Iron

        According to USDA, 1 tablespoon of paprika contains about 1.4 mg iron. According to National Institutes of Health, male ages 19-50 years old have recommended dietary allowance (RD) of 8 mg; for women it's 18 mg. So a tablespoon of paprika is about 8% the daily requirement for women and 18% the daily requirement for men.