Extremely popular spice, it is characterized by a special nutritional profile to say the least
Paprika, a highly appreciated spice obtained from the grinding of capsicum annuum peppers, is characterized by very important benefits. Introducing it in the diet means appreciating properties related to improving digestion, but also keeping cholesterol at bay.
Before we get to the heart of the reasons why paprika is good for your health, let's take a look at its nutritional profile for a moment. Worthy of note in this regard is the presence of vitamin A – in a teaspoon of just over 6 grams we can find 20% of the RDA of this nutrient – but also that of another portentous antioxidant, namely vitamin E (or tocopherol) . Source of vitamin B6, paprika is also characterized by an interesting iron content.
That said, we can start talking about its positive health impacts. Doing so means calling into question the presence, in some varieties, of capsaicin. Active ingredient of chilli pepper, it can help protect the body from the damage of inflammatory phenomena, also contributing to the fight against digestive problems thanks to a gastro-protective effect (a study conducted among the many research works has shown this in 2016 by an active team at Ewha Womans University in Seoul).
As mentioned above, paprika can prove to be a valuable ally of cholesterol control and, consequently, of heart health. Also in this situation, it must be said thanks to the presence of capsaicin, the intake of which positively affects the levels of good HDL cholesterol.
Interesting in this regard is a Japanese study published in 2009, which started with the aim of examining the effects of food capsaicin on the lipid metabolism of some young rats. At a two-week follow-up, an increase in HDL cholesterol levels was found, with obvious benefits for cardiovascular health.
There is nothing to say: paprika is a real cure-all for our well-being! When naming it, it is necessary to remember the existence of different varieties. In fact, there is sweet paprika, perfect to add to meats, salads and eggs, but also spicy, particularly recommended for stews. We conclude by pointing out that, before introducing it into the diet, it is appropriate to seek advice from your doctor.