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Hot pepper

hot pepper

 

Unlikely as it may seem, hot peppers are a rich source of vitamin C. According to the USDA Nutrient Database, hot peppers contain more vitamin C than an orange (per 100g serving). Besides vitamin C, they are a good source of vitamin B6, involved in several metabolic processes; and betacarotene, which is converted into vitamin A that functions as antioxidant and contributes to the health of epithelial tissues.

Capsaicin, the component that gives them their heat, aids in the respiratory system as it acts as a great decongestant, stimulates secretions that help clear mucus, and prevents sinus infections. Capsaicin  also has pain-relieving effects and fights inflammation. Capsaicin found in hot peppers has been proven to terminate prostate cancer cell replication.

Source:

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3419

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=62587

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=140

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