Paprika has antibacterial properties in it that help naturally control bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. It does not necessarily stop these bacteria, but it does slow down their growth.
The anti-inflammatory properties of capsaicin can help ease arthritis and joint pain. This is one of paprika’s strongest properties.
Paprika is high in antioxidants because it is rich in vitamins A and E (see below). Antioxidants counteract or neutralize free radicals and their destructive effects on the body.
4. Relieves Pain:
Capsaicin is an effective pain reliever when it is applied externally. There are many ointments and creams made with capsaicin to help with things like headaches, arthritis, and psoriasis.
Paprika’s capsaicin properties are a stimulant in many different ways. It stimulates the production of saliva and stomach acids, which thus improves digestion. It also stimulates the cardiovascular system and thus improves blood circulation and blood pressure.
In addition to Capsaicin, Paprika is also filled with the following nutrients:
1 tablespoon of paprika has 9% of your recommended daily intake of iron (based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet)*. Iron helps carry oxygen through your body and helps with energy levels.
7. Vitamin A:
Paprika has multiple chemical compounds in it that convert to vitamin A. 1 teaspoon of paprika has 37% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A (based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet)*. Vitamin A supports cell growth, is an antioxidant, and plays many important roles throughout our bodies.
8. Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is essential to your health and your skin. 1 teaspoon of paprika has 5% of the daily intake of vitamin E recommended for your body*.
9. Vitamin B-6:
1 teaspoon of paprika has 4% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B-6*. Vitamin B-6 is part of a group of coenzymes that are responsible for creating glucose, producing hemoglobin, and reducing your chance of developing cardiovascular issues.
10. Vitamin C:
Paprika is unusually highly loaded with vitamin C, an important nutrient for keeping our immune systems strong. It contains 6-9 times as much vitamin C as tomatoes, and it can be an important way to get Vitamin C in your daily diet.