Paprika is widely used in the Hungarian cuisine because the finest quality paprika comes from this country. Paprika is mostly used for seasoning and as a garnish. When paprika is heated, then it releases its color and flavor and also it is used in commercial food and cosmetic manufacturers to add color to their products. In Hungary, there are 6 different varieties of paprika which are available with flavorings ranging from delicate to hot. If you want to add color to your dish without altering its taste, then you can add a small amount of paprika. Paprika is also rich in Vitamin C and carotenoids which will give you many health and beauty benefits. It is also used in Indian, Moroccan, Spanish and Austrian cuisines. The Hungarian paprika has a balanced flavor which is warm with a small degree of sweetness. Here are some health benefits of paprika:
Paprika wound healing
It is rich in Vitamin E which can help in producing red blood cells. This can help in forming clots if you have wounds and cuts which will facilitate quick wound healing.
Paprika cardiovascular benefits
Paprika has Vitamin C which will provide protection against cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke and heart attack. Also it has Vitamin E which can prevent the damage which is caused by free radicals and this can reduce the risk of heart disease. Paprika has minerals, like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron which will purify your blood and it will improve your heart health.
Paprika has iron which is involved in the formation of red blood cells. Also it has abundant amount of Vitamin C which enable the body to absorb iron. You can include paprika in your diet to prevent anemia.
This is a rare disease which is characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, depression, diarrhea, jaundice, weak teeth rapid breathing and swollen bones. The most common cause for scurvy is the Vitamin C deficiency. Paprika is rich in Vitamin C. You should take this vitamin on daily basis to prevent the onset of many diseases, including scurvy. You should include paprika in your daily diet to boost your Vitamin C intake.
Paprika has antibacterial protein which can inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli which are often transferred through indigestion. When you include paprika in your daily diet, then it can inhibit the growth of these harmful bacteria.
Promotes sound sleep
Paprika has Vitamin B6 which is possessing psychological and neurological properties. It can contribute to the production of the sleep hormone melatonin which can help to have a normal sleep cycle. It can boost your body’s serotonin and norepinephrine levels which will help you to stay happy and stress free.
Paprika can help in the digestion by normalizing the acid in the stomach. It is a great stimulant which can facilitate the digestion by boosting stomach acids and saliva. You can use paprika to treat indigestion. If you consume paprika in high doses, then it can interact with other medications so you need to talk with your doctor before you add paprika in your diet.
Vitamin A can help you to have healthy eyesight. Paprika has 4 carotenoids: zea – xanthin, lutein, beta – carotene and beta – cryptoxanthin. This vitamin can help to turn the light into vision. Zea – xanthin and lutein can reduce the risk of developing age related macular degeneration and cataracts. It is recommended combining paprika with a source of fats, such as olive oil because in this way you can fully get the benefits of carotenoids.
Paprika lowers blood pressure
Paprika has capsaicin which can lower the blood pressure because it relaxed the blood vessels.
Paprika maintains hair color
Paprika has Vitamin B6 which helps in the production of melanin which is pigment that imparts color to your hair. You can add the sweet paprika powder to henna to impart a reddish tint to hair while coloring it. You should make a patch test on the inside of your wrists to avoid an allergic reaction.