Paprika Benefits – the amazing color

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Uses Of Paprika

Paprika is mainly used as a spice to color and season various dishes like soups, stews, rice etc; also used as a spice in meats and to garnish foods. It is also used along with henna powder to add a reddish tint to hair when coloring it.

But it’s much more than that! Paprika is not only a delicious spice but healthy as well.

Hungary is a major power with a very long histiory in cultivating and consuming of paprika. Here some paprika facts for you:

  • Paprika powder is produced by grinding the dried, deep red paprika pods of the pepper plant (Capsicum annum L. is the botanical name).
  • Although paprika is the symbol of Hungary’s cuisine, the plant was brought to the country by the Turks only in the 16-17th centuries.
  • Its pungency ranges from sweet to mildly hot and very hot, depending of the type of pepper the powder was produced.
  • The colour of the spices varies from mild to bright red and there are paprika powder types with brownish colour too. Note that not the brightest red paprika is the hottest! The orange coloured one will make you really cry.
  • The hotness is caused by capsaicin, a chemical that is extracted from paprika plants to use in pharmaceutical production due to its pan killer effect.
  • The fresh red pepper is rich in vitamin C (150mg/100g paprika) and other important minerals. Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian scientist was awarded the Noble prize in 1937 for discovering vitamin C, its antiscorbutic and other physiological effects.
  • He and his colleagues worked at the laboratory of the Szeged University. Szent-Györgyi and his colleagues experimented with the paprika plant and they extracted vitamin C first in the world form the vegetable.

Nutrients in Paprika

  • Paprika made from chilli peppers is extremely high in Vitamin C content and contains from 6 to 9 times more vitamin C than in tomatoes.
  • The paprika made from bell peppers is extremely rich in Vitamin A.
  • Contains a variety of antioxidants and phytochemicals.
  • Contains many vitamins like B complex, E and K in addition to A & C.
  • Contains a wide variety of minerals.
  • Is a rich source of carotenoid pigments.
  • Contains the compound Capsaicin, which has many health benefits.

 

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Bee pollen benefits – nature’s perfect food


WHAT IS BEE POLLEN?

Bee Pollen is made by honeybees, and is the food of the young bee. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains almost all nutrients required by humans. Bee pollens are rich in proteins (appr. 40% protein), free amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.

Bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen is more rich in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.


SOME BENEFITS OF THE BEE POLLEN

1. Energy Enhancer – The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energizer. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.

2. Skin Soother – Bee pollen is often used in topical products that aim to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and aid the regeneration of cells.

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Honey Benefits – liquid gold

The sweet liquid gold

Honey has been utilized for its medicinal properties for over 2,000 years and continues its legacy as a multipurpose health aid.

Honey contains a treasure chest of hidden nutritional and medicinal value for centuries. The sweet golden liquid from the beehive is a popular kitchen staple loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties that has been used since the early days of Egyptian tombs.

Honey’s scientific super powers contribute to its vastly touted health benefits for the whole body. The healthy natural sweetener offers many nutritional benefits depending on its variety. Raw honey is the unpasteurized version of commonly used honey and only differs in its filtration, which helps extend its shelf life. A tablespoon of raw honey contains 64 calories, is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, says the National Honey Board. Its composition is roughly 80 percent carbohydrates, 18 percent water, and two percent vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Typically, honey is sweet but can be cruel to infants. Spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria — found in dirt and dust, which can contaminate honey — may lead to infant botulism and produce a toxin inside the body that can cause muscle weakness and breathing problems. The Mayo Clinic recommends waiting until after 12 months of age to give infants honey; consumption is safe for older adults and kids, since they have a mature digestive system that can handle the spores.

Consume honey responsibly and reap the numerous health benefits of this liquid gold.

1. Alleviates Allergies

Honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs has led to the belief it can also reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Although there are no clinical studies proving its efficacy, Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Center in Fort Collins, Colo., told Medical Daily in an email, “A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine.” It contains small amounts of pollen, which if the body is exposed to small amounts of it, it can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen. “After repeated exposure, you should build up these antibodies and the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in a lesser allergic response.”

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