Paprika is one of the most popular spices used across various cuisines due to its flavour and colour. It is made by grounding chilli peppers, bell peppers and other dried peppers coming from the Capsicum Annum family. This spice originated from West Indies and South America and is majorly manufactured in Hungary, Spain, South America and California. The colour of the spice can vary from deep red to orange red, and is commonly sprinkled on dishes like goulash, pizzas, stir-fries, etc. It is also the national spice of Hungary. Paprika is primarily used to season and colour rice, soups and in the preparation of sausages. It also works as a stimulant and energizer as it helps in treating depression, lethargy, tiredness with many other health benefits that you will read below. Dr. Anshul Jai Bharat, a Delhi-based Nutritionist, says, “Paprika aids in weight loss since it comprises elements that boost better digestion and metabolism. Paprika increases body temperature and creates a thermogenic effect.”
Here are some incredible benefits of paprika -
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1. Helps in Healing WoundsSince it contains a good proportion of Vitamin E, paprika helps the body in producing red blood cells. It also helps in rapid wound healing. For instance, if you cut yourself, sprinkle some of the powder on the affected area and press gently with a clean cloth for few seconds.
Paprika contains good proportion of Vitamin E
2. Treats Skin ProblemsPaprika is loaded with antibacterial properties that make it effective against any skin problem associated with bacterial infection, including acne. Make sure you do not overdo it, as it could lead to excessive heat also. (Also Read:5 Incredible Home Remedies for Your Beauty Problems this Summer)
Paprika is loaded with antibacterial properties
3. Supports Healthy DigestionBelieve it or not but paprika may also promote healthy digestion by increasing saliva and stomach acids, which help in breaking down food and making nutrients available for energy. Again, do not be too adventurous and add too much of it to your meals, make sure you maintain moderation.
Paprika may also promote healthy digestion
4. Prevents Hair lossGuess what, paprika could also do wonders for the health of your hair . The iron found in paprika helps in the transfer of oxygen to hair follicles, which encourages hair growth by improving circulation to the scalp.(Also Read:Onions for Hair Fall: An Inexpensive Way to Promote Hair Growth)
5. Paprika Helps Maintain Hair ColourVitamin B6 which is found in paprika aids in the production of melanin, a pigment that gives colour to hair. Sweet paprika powder with the combination of henna gives a reddish tint to the hair. But first test a small amount on your wrist before using on your entire head.(Also Read: 9 Amazing Black Grapes Benefits: From Heart Health to Gorgeous Skin)
6. Induces SleepVitamin B in paprika helps in the production of sleep hormone called melatonin which aids in maintaining a normal sleeping cycle. It also stimulates body’s serotonin and norepinephrine levels, which enable you to stay happy and stress free.(Also Read: Do You Get Good Sleep Every Night? Find Out Here)
7. Decreases the Risk of Heart attackVitamin C in paprika provides protection against cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks, strokes etc. Since it comprises iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, they help in purifying blood and keep it the heart healthy.(Also Read:9 Common Causes of Heart attack: Are Men More at Risk Than Women?)
8. Anti-Inflammatory PropertiesPeople suffering from autoimmune and inflammatory diseases majorly benefit from anti-inflammatory properties found in paprika. It helps in curbing the swelling caused by arthritis, acnes, joint pain etc.(Also Read: Painful Knees? Online Intervention Can Be Your Solution)
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