I have lately met many people who contradict that green chilli is good for your health! Reason for this is lack awareness about this vegetable’s health benefits. Hence I decided to compile a list of benefits as suggested by doctors, practitioners and scientists, so that you know exactly why is green chilli good for your health. Of course you need to know incase you suffer from any of the following health issues kindly consult a doctor before consuming raw green chilli like : mouth ulcers, stomach ulcers, hyper acidity, intestinal infections.
100 gms of green chilli contains
240% of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid),
39% of vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine),
32% of vitamin A,
13% of iron,
14% of copper,
7% of potassium,
but no cholesterol.
The benefits of eating raw green chilli are:
1. Rich in fiber,minerals & chlorophyll:
Everyone who has tried green chili is familiar with the intense heat, but a lesser known fact is that green chilies provide health benefits to those who eat them. Rich in fiber with no fat, cholesterol, or sodium, green chilies are a healthy food with super flavor.Chilies contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
2. Vitamin A : They’re packed with Vitamin A, which is essential for the health and maintenance of bones, teeth, mucous membranes, eyes, and skin. This vitamin is also essential for healthy eyes—as it produces retina pigmentation and promotes night vision.
3. Vitamin C : is also abundant in green chili. Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) acts as both an antioxidant and a vitamin. Vitamin C helps the body to maintain and repair wounds, bones, teeth and cartilage. As an antioxidant, it strengthens overall health and helps the body fight infections. Green chilies are also rich in phytochemicals, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits. It is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones.
4. Capsaicin: is a substance that occurs naturally in chili peppers, giving them their spicy flavor. The hotter the chili, the more capsaicin it contains. There is clinical evidence that capsaicin can be used to treat nerve-related disorders like persistent pain, psoriasis, migraines and neuropathy. Capsaicin also releases endorphins in the brain and puts chili eaters in a better mood. capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.
So if you like some spice in your food, dont shy away from raw green chillies, they are great for your body both inside out!