Paprika is one of those herbs that lots of people take for granted— but this simple spice has lots of healing qualities.
Paprika or Capsicum annuun as it's called goes back hundreds of years and it's made from a bunch of different types of peppers. In fact, there are about 12 different types of paprika but Hungarian paprika is probably the most well know. But all the types of paprika have the same healing qualities that are very important for healing disease.
Lowers Blood Pressure - Paprika is great for lowering blood pressure because it contains lots of powerful antioxidants.
Great for the GI Tract - Paprika helps to balance stomach acids and also to increase digestive juices in other parts of the GI tract thus helping to soothe the digestive process.
Creates Energy - Paprika contains lots of B-Vitamins which help to boost up a person's energy and vitality.
Good Source of Natural Iron - Paprika also contains lots of bioavailable iron which is important for healing anemia and creating lots of hemoglobin for oxygen carrying capacity. One tablespoon of paprika contains almost 1.5 mg of great iron.
Protects Bones - Paprika also contains lots of phosphorus and calcium for strong bones and to prevent osteoporosis.
Slows the Aging Process - Paprika also contains a good source of antioxidants that help to prevent and repair DNA damage thus helping to prevent disease and to slow the aging process.
Contains Lots of Vitamin C - Paprika also contains lots of Vitamin C to prevent colds and flues.
Capsaicin - In the hot paprikas, there is a lot of capsaicin which helps to increase blood flow by opening up blood vessels and relieve pain.
For a Good Nights Rest - Paprika also contains lots of B vitamins which are important for a good nights rest.
Great Anti-inflammatory - Paprika is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent thus helping with arthritis, joint disease, aches, pains, redness, and swelling.
Prevents Macular Degeneration - Paprika contains lots of zeaxanthin, beta-caroteine, cryptoxanthin, and lutein which help to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
Antibacterial - Paprika is also a good antibacterial agent that works to kill and prevent the growth of invading E. Coli and Salmonella bacteria.
Powerful Antioxidants - Paprika contains powerful antioxidants which are important for preventing cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer. And they also help create great looking skin and hair.
Phytosterols - Paprika also contains some great phytosterols which help to balance hormones, help create good cardiovascular health, and prevent cancer.
Omega 3 and 6 Oils - Paprika also contains a good source of Omega 3 and 6 oils for preventing cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
Contains - Paprika also contains magnesium for enzyme production and potassium for water regulation and good heart contractions. Plus zine for boosting up our immune system and Vitamin K for normal clotting, and Vitamin A as a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent disease in general. A tablespoon of paprika contains over 3,000 international units of Vitamin A. And Vitamin E for sexual health and great looking skin. In fact, one tablespoon of paprika contains up to 2 mg of Vitamin E.
Used in Cooking - Paprika is used in soups, stews, rice, fish, potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin, cauliflower, fish, chicken, and it's used in flavoring sausage, goulash, and other foods. Paprika is very common in Hungarian, Spanish, Indian, Austrian, and Moroccan food and other ethnic cuisines.
Finding - Paprika can be found in almost all supermarkets and can also be found on-line and on Amazon and eBay.
Enjoy Paprika and Stay Healthy
Many Blessings to Everyone!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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