Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Nº 7

Bell Pepper - Medicinal Properties

Bell pepper is an American fruit that is mostly used as vegetable or condiment; however, it also has medicinal properties. Dehydrated and ground, it is known as paprika.

The scientific name of this plant species is Capsicum annuum.

  • Bell peppers of different colors. Bell peppers have more vitamin C than oranges, but the cooking process can destroy part of it.

Properties

Due to their great amount of vitamin C, bell peppers may have antioxidant properties and promote absorption of iron. They may also promote formation of collagen, hence favoring the healing of wounds. Unfortunately, this fruit is almost always eaten cooked; and the cooking process can destroy part of its vitamin C.

On the other hand, bell peppers are said to improve blood circulation and relief varicose veins due to their content of flavonoids. Bell peppers are also consumed to prevent internal and external bleeding.

In the respiratory system, bell peppers are used in the treatment of tonsillitis, asthma, bronchitis, diphtheria, sinusitis, and cough. Also in cases of aphonia.

In the digestive system, bell peppers stimulate the appetite, act on the spasms, flatulence, and jaundice, and avoid pyorrhea or gum disease.

On the skin, bell peppers activate circulation. They are also used against insect stings and spider bites.

In case of rheumatism and sprains, the skin over the affected area is rubbed with the fruit peels.

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