Paprika is a favorite spice in Hungarian cuisine, and all over the world. This red spice—made by grinding peppers into a fine powder—doesn’t only benefit your taste buds, but your health as well. Fruits and vegetables contain essential phytonutrients which are beneficial to your health, and paprika is no exception. Carotenoids found in paprika include beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids and antioxidants are crucial for healthy cell protection and regeneration, and for fighting off free radicals—harmful toxins which cause disease—throughout the body.
Chronic inflammation plagues millions of people all over the world, and the leading cause is diets which are lacking in nutrients and are high in processed foods. Chronic inflammation can cause general symptoms, like fatigue, inability to lose weight, digestive problems, high blood glucose levels, allergy symptoms, and skin problems among others. Inflammation is behind many diseases and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to name a few. Paprika contains antioxidants which reduce oxidative stress in the body. The less oxidative stress in the body, the less inflammation there will be, and the lower the chance of developing an inflammatory disease, like the ones mentioned above.
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