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Benefits of Capsicum And Its Side Effects

Earlier mostly used as a spicing and aromatic ingredient, Capsicum has now become a larger focus of research due to its naturally inducing health benefits. Capsicum helps relieve stomach aches, prevents skin-aging, muscle spasms and aches, is beneficial for women undergoing menopause and people with arthritis. In addition to these, Capsicum prevents psoriasis, peptic ulcer and lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases due to its analgesic properties.

Benefits of Capsicum And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Capsicum
Nutritional Value of Capsicum
Health Benefits of Capsicum
Prevents Cancer
Helps alleviate Crohn’s disease
Gives a healthy heart
Improves overall health
Cures Yellow Fever
Helps eradicate gastrointestinal disorders
Alleviates menopausal symptoms
Gives glowing skin
Reduces arthritic pain
Useful in preventing Diabetes
Cures food poisoning
Uses of Capsicum
Side-Effects & Allergies of Capsicum
Cultivation of Capsicum

Capsicum

Capsicum is an evergreen plant that grows in tropical climates. The plant comes in variants of yellow, green, orange and red colours. In addition to being an ancestral culinary spice, Capsicum provides with an array of health benefits when consumed; essentially cancer and arthritis. It is a highly aromatic plant with an acrid taste. Capsicum has its origin in South America with wide plantations in Australia, Asia, North America, South America and Europe currently. Other common names used for capsicum are cayenne pepper, bell pepper, Mexican chilies, Tobasco Pepper, Paprika, etc.

Nutritional Value of Capsicum

Capsicum is used as a spicing agent owing to the high level of capsaicin present. Capsaicin is a phytochemical responsible for producing the spice heat, and is tasteless and odorless. Different variants of the pepper contain capsaicin in different ratios thus making them more or less hot/sweet depending on the capsaicin level present. Capsicum contains high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C. Capsicum also contains bioactive components like tannins, flavonoids and Alkaloids - responsible for its analgesic properties.

Health Benefits of Capsicum

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Capsicum
Health Benefits of Capsicum

Prevents Cancer

Owing to the presence of tannin in capsicum, it is also known to prevent cancers caused by malignant tumors; specifically gastric cancers. Research continues to prove the plant is beneficial in treating and preventing prostate cancer and other hormone related cancers.

Helps alleviate Crohn’s disease

Capsicum with its anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of potential phytochemical constituents helps lessen pain in patients suffering from Crohn’s disease which is a disease of the bowel causing extreme inflation.

Gives a healthy heart

The warming properties of capsicum enable it to alleviate hypotension and an abnormal heart rate. Capsicum has a vasodilative effect on the body when consumed which helps in enhanced oxygenation of organ tissues and improves blood flow.

Improves overall health

Stimulating the production of gastric juices, capsicum improves the appetite, lowers triglyceride levels and cholesterol, boosts metabolism, strengthens the immune system and enhances resistance to sinus, cold and sore throat. It also helps in weight loss, regulating blood pressure and enhancing athletic performance.

Cures Yellow Fever

Capsicum acts as an analgesic and relieves pain/soreness in the throat and improves resisting capabilities of the body. When consumed in a soup, it helps alleviate the symptoms and strengthens the immune system of a patient suffering from yellow fever.

Helps eradicate gastrointestinal disorders

The tannins present in capsicum perform the role of an astringent and benefit inflammation and other problems of the gastrointestinal track such as dysentery, diarrhea and other microbial disorders. It also acts as an agent of gastric mucus formation ensuring peptic ulcers do not develop.

Alleviates menopausal symptoms

Owing to the presence of flavonoid in them, capsicums have been instrumental in reducing symptoms associated with menopause in women.

Gives glowing skin

Capsicums have been forever known for their anti-aging properties. However, the vitamins present in them act as an antioxidant on cell tissues leaving you with improved skin appearance and feel.

Reduces arthritic pain

The anti-inflammatory properties of capsicum are believed to relieve pain arising due to arthritis. The phytochemicals present in the plant act upon the peripheral nerve endings deadening them and thus relieving the pain.

Useful in preventing Diabetes

Research suggests that capsicum enables insulin production thus, leveling the blood-glucose level in the body. This would mean that capsicum is highly efficient in preventing type II diabetes. Green capsicum in particular have rich hypoglycemic benefits.

Cures food poisoning

Capsicum has analgesic and antiseptic properties which help in treating food poisoning. It reduces cramps and alleviates stomach spasms and pain. It also helps repair the damaged tissues in the stomach and the gastro-intestinal tract.

Uses of Capsicum

Capsicum’s beneficial uses are numerous. It is used to prevent cancer, alleviate - muscle cramps, sore throat, diabetes, hypotension, heart problems, gastro-intestinal problems, food poisoning, asthma etc. It also is a very efficient plant to use for enhancing metabolism, immune system skin health and treat menopausal symptoms. It can be used as an edible ingredient dried or fresh in salads, soups, gravies, in powder form as chilli/paprika powder and as analgesics in the form of ointment.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Capsicum

Though there are no fatal or chronic side-effects associated with the use of capsicum it is advisable to use the plant on the advice of a trained medical practitioner pertaining to your condition. It is advisable for children, pregnant women and breast feeding mothers to keep their regular consumption of capsicum to a bare minimum. Known side-effects due to unguided consumption are diarrhea, heartburn and upset stomach.

Cultivation of Capsicum

Capsicum is a plant that requires a cool sunny climate and moist soil for growth. It is planted in rows in a zig-zag manner. The highest producers of Capsicum are China, India, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and Spain with China recording the highest cultivation consistently.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir mere face pr pimple or chote chote dane h kafi time ho gya. Please btaye ye kaise thk hoga?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water. If you want more better treatment consult me.

Hey I have been facing hair fall problem from past 6 years and dandruff and itching problem too ,it all started when I colored my hair 6 years back the next day my hair start coming out, I have tried alopathic, homeopathic and aayurvedic treatment but nothing worked and I have also taken 4 sittings of messo therapy and 2 sittings of PRP from hair and skin clinic of jawed habib but the condition is same im still loosing hair ,im on alopathic treatment frm past 3 years but its not improving my condition ,right now im on dieting 0.5 mg tab and keraglow men tab once a day and hair 4 you 10% at night and anagrow Solution in day and b4 that I was on mintop and morf 10% but im still loosing so many hair that my scalp is visible now.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water. If you want more better treatment consult me.

I need to reduce my weight. Per bmi my weigh should be around 60-65. I have psod. Kindly guide me.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Hyderabad
Hi lybrate-user, I appreciate your effort. You can start with mild changes in your diet with Moderate amount of exercise. 1. DIET: Diet has to always be in a way where you can follow it well with less cravings. Try having a well balanced diet with more proteins and leafy vegetables, try having green vegetables [capsicum] .Try cutting down carbohydrates, go for simple Carbohydrates. Break your meal to small portions and multiple meals instead of 3 standard heavy meals. You can still have a cheat meal once in two weeks to help the cravings. 2.Exercise :Lets take it step by step .Exercise dose'nt have be boring, any form is helpful eg:[ dance, zumba,your favourite sport, walking,running, swimming, trek ] 30 mins of Cardio with good balanced diet helps to. Start with a smaller amount of exercise which tunes your body to workout and later slowly increase your pace and time. Hope this helps.
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I am 15 years old and from now only I am facing problems of hairloss. Can I use himalaya hairzone to treat my hair fall? Does this hairzone will harm my hair or not?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Hair fall problem very person to person problem some case hair fall problem genetic and life style if you want more better treatment consult me. Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water.
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I am 27 years old female. I have a daughter of age 2.5 yrs. Since a year my hair fall has been significantly alarming. I drink 2 cups of milk everyday and still the amount of hair loss increase everyday and I could literally comb 1000s of hair from my head. It gives me literal panic when I see it. Please help me in getting rid of this hair fall immediately.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water. If you want more better treatment consult me.

Popular Health Tips

9 Benefits Of Capsicum - Crunch Your Way To Good Health!

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
9 Benefits Of Capsicum - Crunch Your Way To Good Health!

Known by a variety of names such as Bell Peppers, Paprika, Cayenne, and Chillies, Capsicum originated in Tropical America but is now readily available all across the globe. They come in various colours like green, red and yellow. There are plenty of healthy reasons to include capsicum in your diet - it is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and other carotenoids, such as lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, and zeaxanthin.

Capsicum, be it the green, red or yellow, not only tastes great but is equally healthy and nutritious. It is known to be laden with a wide range of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber. From heart to skin, the health benefits of capsicum will leave you with a mouth open in awe. In this article, we will discuss some benefits of capsicum which you cannot ignore.

  1. Capsicum is a powerhouse of antioxidants and plays a pivotal in warding off various cardiovascular disorders by protecting your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Capsicum also aids in keeping the brain healthy and disease free.
  2. The compound lycopene present in capsicum has anticarcinogenic properties and is especially helpful in preventing the incidence of prostate cancer. Capsicum is also a rich source of Vitamin C which goes a long way in the prevention of cancer.
  3. Capsicum has a high potassium content, a mineral that is vital for the healthy functioning of the heart and the bones. Potassium also helps in maintaining the blood pressure within the normal range.
  4. Capsicum (especially the red and yellow capsicum) contains ascorbic acid and antioxidants in abundance. As a result, capsicum comes across as a powerful immune boosting food that keeps various microbial infections, including flu and common cold at bay. The wonder food comes as a great relief for asthmatic patients.
  5. The red and yellow capsicum is an excellent source of folate. Folate is an important nutrient that contributes towards the development of the fetal brain and is thus highly recommended for pregnant women. The daily intake of dietary folate lowers the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida.
  6. High in dietary fiber, capsicum enhances the digestion process and also provides relief from constipation and associated discomfort. The dietary fiber (soluble fiber) present in capsicum makes it an ideal food for weight loss and management. Capsicum increases the metabolic activities of the body by many folds thereby aiding in the weight loss.
  7. Vitamin A which is necessary for healthy vision is present in abundance in capsicum. The role of vitamin A in strengthening the immune system along with its antioxidant properties makes capsicum a must included food in your diet.
  8. In addition to Vitamin C and antioxidants, capsicum also has anti-inflammatory properties and comes as a boon for the skin. Capsicum slows down the skin aging, keeping the skin healthy, youthful and blemish free. It is also known to provide relief from acne. The vitamin C is what keeps the hair healthy (promotes collagen production with increased blood flow to the scalp).
  9. The vitamin C in capsicum plays a significant role in enhancing the absorption of Iron. Thus, people suffering from anemia (due to iron deficiency) can benefit immensely from the consumption of capsicum.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hair Loss and Premature Graying

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Hair Loss and Premature Graying

Stress, worry, anxiety, and inadequate nutrition lead to hair loss and premature graying of hair. A certain amount of hair loss is considered normal, as old strands are replaced by new. When hair loss is excessive, care must be taken. Similarly, the graying of hair after a certain age is a normal phenomenon, but when this starts in the early years of life, one should look into for remedies.

Causes

Increased intake of fried, sour, spicy, salty, and fermented foods, as well as tea and coffee, aggravate the Pitta Dosha (Ayurvedic humor representing Fire) in the body. This Pitta accumulates in the skin of the scalp, leading to hair falling out and graying prematurely. Factors like excessive anger and stress are also responsible. Excessive consumption of alcohol and meat also aggravate Pitta.

Symptoms

  • Loss of hair

Ayurvedic Hair Loss and Premature Graying Treatment

Hair loss is known as Khalitya in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, hair is a byproduct of bone formation and the tissue responsible for building bones is also responsible for the growth of hair. Early hair loss is related to body type and the balance of the mind-body constitution (doshas). People who have excess Pitta in their body are likely to lose their hair early in life, or have prematurely thin or gray hair. Excess Pitta in the sebaceous gland, at the root of the hair, or folliculitis can lead to hair loss.

Ayurvedic treatment of hair loss is aimed at pacification of Pitta through a customized diet and lifestyle regime, along with medication. A combination of diet, herbs, oil massage, meditation, aromatherapy, breathing and yoga can be beneficial in addressing the problem of hair loss and premature graying of hair.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee.

  • Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks.

  • Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa.

  • Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead.

Home Remedies

  • Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water.

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Homeopathy Treatment for Piles

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Bhubaneswar
Homeopathy Treatment for Piles

Piles or Hemorrhoids is a sort of disease related to ano-rectal veins, in which there is varicosity of veins and if pressure increases on these veins due to any cause (such as constipation), the walls of veins become weakened, which affects the process of dilatation and contraction in the veins and veins remain dilated at last. Blood doesn’t flow further from these dilated veins and remains accumulated, so veins become swelled up. Further it, if walls of veins become much weakened and pressure is more, the veins may rupture and blood oozes out. This whole process is just like the appearance of varicose veins in legs of those persons, who stand for a long time, but in these cases blood doesn’t come out as the veins of legs have more strength.

Causes of piles

The bulging or prolapsed of hemorrhoidal venous plexus occurs when there is rise of pressure around the plexus areas.  The pressure build up around the plexus area occur if the intra abdominal pressure rises. The intra abdominal pressure rises if somebody putted more strain while passing stool like in constipation, in hyperacidity and flatulency condition; in enlarged abdomen like in pregnancy

Scope of homeopathy treatment

  • Homeopathy treatment reduces the intra abdominal pressure. There are good medicines that relieve constipation which plays major role in developing piles. The common homeopathy medicines are bryonia, alumina, nux vom, anacardium, lycopodium, platina,
  • Homeopathy treatment relieves the pain effectively within a short period of time. The common medicines for piles pain are collinsonia, aesculus, muriatic acid, ratanhia, aconite, capsicum, lachesis etc.
  • The bleeding of piles can be stopped in few hours by proper homeopathic medicines. The common medicines are china, carboveg, acid nitric, millefolium, hamammalis, etc .
  • The itching condition in piles can be controlled by sulphur, aesculus, aloes, etc
  • The large size of the piles which feels by hand can be reduced by suitable homeopathic medicines like sulphur, thuja, calcarea flour, calcarea phos, hamammalis, etc
  • Besides the homeopathic treatment it is very important to maintain a healthy life style and healthy food habits.
  • The fibers rich diets should be consumed daily. Avoid all sorts of junk foods and fast foods
  • Drink plenty of water like 2 to 3 liters daily
  • Avoid prolonged sitting posture.
  • Avoid late night sleep or night shift job
  • Try to keep a balance of your mental stress level.
  • Daily physical activities like morning walk, jogging, yoga are must to practice
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Tips To Lower Higher Uric Acid Levels

Masters Of Science In Dietetics And Food Service Management Msc. (DFSM), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Advanced Clinical Nutrition Program, Post Graduate Diploma In Clinical Nutrition And Dietetics PGD, Bachelors Degree In Applied Nutrition Bhsc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Tips To Lower Higher Uric Acid Levels

High uric acid in the blood stream leads to gout and arthritis. To prevent gout must have a good diet and refrain from sugars, alcohol and food like meat, poultry, seafood and pulses. Uric acid is not eliminated easily from the system and leads to inflammation and joint pains with gout.

  • WATER – Water helps in flushing out all toxins so one should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day , water will also eliminate the excess uric acid n the system.
  • CHERRIES- Cherries are rich with anti-inflammatory substance which is known as anthocyanins this help bringing down high uric levels. The anthocyanins helps from not letting uric acid crystallize and settle in joints which are the reason for arthritis and gout. Cherries will help reduce its level.
  • BERRIES – Strawberries and blueberries should be added to the diet as they have a lot of inflammatory properties which will fight against higher uric levels.
  • APPLES – Have one Apple a day, Apple has Malic acid which neutralizes uric acid. Add apples in your diet.
  • CELERY SEEDS – Most popular home remedy is to add celery seeds in your diet this is also a great neutralizer for high uric levels.
  • FRENCH BEANS JUICE- This is especially given to people suffering from gout as it is a natural neutralizer for high uric acid content and gives relief from inflammation.
  • VEGETABLE JUICES- Drink a lot of vegetable juices like carrot juice, cucumber, beetroot about 300ml of these juices should be taken daily. They are a natural neutralizer to high uric levels.
  • FOODS RICH WITH VITAMIN C- Foods rich in Vitamin C are great to neutralize high uric levels , vitamin C disintegrates uric acid and forces it out of the body through urine . Guava , Kiwi, Sweet Lime , capsicum , lemon , tomatoes are great source of Vitamin C.
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Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

BSc Home Science, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

Your diet is missing in multiple nutrients hence not able to protect itself from dis-eases. Your body does not get enough supply of nutrients and due to pollution (environmental, water, food, air quality, soil, chemicals used outside and inside home etc.) the nutrients are exhausted faster and the requirement increases multifolds.

The remedy is to eat as many fruits and veg in a day - fresh, juiced (but un-strained) or as mixed fruit bowl, mixed salad etc. all uncooked. Remember the antioxidants (protective nutrients – protect our body from diseases, valuable for preventing sicknesses, beneficial for protecting the body from further damage, if taken in sufficiency even reverse certain symptoms) are mostly present in foods which are in the natural form. So consume the foods the way nature produces for us.

Vitamins A, C, E & Omega are major antioxidants and should be taken in dietary and supplemental form along with Echinacea (herb) to boost the immunity, making you strong enough to fight the infections and diseases.

Therefore consume foods:

1. Rich in omega3 to counteract the inflammatory allergic response such as wall nuts, pecan nuts, flex seeds, chia seeds, mildly roasted or lightly cooked soya beans, canola oil, etc.

2. Rich in antioxidants such as all kinds of all kinds of berries strawberries, black berries, blue berries, bilberries, gooseberries, cranberries, raspberries, mulberries, etc.

3. Rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients - fruits such as oranges, apples, quince, pears, custard apple, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, pomegranate, sweet lime, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, banana, apricot, lychees, rambutan, toddy fruit, plums, peach, avocado, amla, olives, cherries, watermelons, muskmelon, fig, guava, grapes etc.

4. Good food sources of other protective nutrients in different color vegetables like baby corn, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, bell peppers / capsicum, cucumber, cabbage, kale, parsley, cauliflower, spinach, green onion, lettuce tomatoes, onions, radish, and more - eaten as raw - as salads....

5. Herbs such as ginger, turmeric, mint, coriander, celery etc

6. Uncooked sprouts of all the lentils. Some nutrients missing in the lentils or legumes are synthesized during the process of germination and available best in uncooked form especially for 4 from Vitamin B group, Vitamin C and many others

7. Warm decoctions such as green tea, herbal tea, tulsi tea, jeera tea, ajwain tea, methi tea, etc.

However, when you already got the health concern, your body requires more antioxidants then it would require on a regular basis. If your lungs and liver are affected then you should undergo a nutritional therapy for a certain period of time to get your health back.

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Table of Content

Capsicum
Nutritional Value of Capsicum
Health Benefits of Capsicum
Prevents Cancer
Helps alleviate Crohn’s disease
Gives a healthy heart
Improves overall health
Cures Yellow Fever
Helps eradicate gastrointestinal disorders
Alleviates menopausal symptoms
Gives glowing skin
Reduces arthritic pain
Useful in preventing Diabetes
Cures food poisoning
Uses of Capsicum
Side-Effects & Allergies of Capsicum
Cultivation of Capsicum