The finest quality of paprika is found and cultivated in Hungary. It is extensively used in their cuisines for garnish and seasoning. On heating, it also releases pigments which are used by cosmetic industry in various products. Its flavor can completely transform a dish. All you need to do is stir some paprika in hot oil and add it to any dish.
Paprika is rich in beta-carotene, which prevents the occurrence of freckles and age spots. It reduces dullness and fine lines which are advancing age related problems, thereby making skin look younger and fresh.
Face masks made with a tsp of paprika and honey can give the skin an instant glow and supple feel. Keep it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off. This can treat acne, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, dullness and uneven texture of skin. However do a patch test to avoid allergic reactions.
Paprika has been found to be effective in helping treat spider veins in the legs by reducing their visibility. It strengthens veins and calms the nerves to allow better and easier flow of blood.
Paprika has vitamins in it which are essential or maintenance of good hair. It also has iron which increases oxygen carrying capacity of blood thereby stimulating hair growth by improving circulation around scalp.
Paprika promotes the production of melanin which is a pigment that gives color to skin and hair. Sweet paprika powder can be added to henna to give the hair a subtle red tint, however it is advisable to do a patch test before to avoid a reaction.
Paprika has capsaicin in it that aids in lowering the blood pressure by calming and relaxing the blood vessels.
Paprika has vitamin B6 which activates multiple other enzymes in the body to function properly. It is an amazing stimulant and energizer. Therefore its use in diet can help treat conditions like fatigue, tiredness, lethargy and depression.
Paprika has Vitamin A which is essential for maintaining eye health and good vision. It also helps protect the retina from damage. Lutein and zea-xanthin in paprika help lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts, which are common problems of advancing age.
Paprika normalizes acidity in the stomach, and thus aids in digestion. It boosts saliva and stomach acid secretion which help the breakdown of food. It can be added to one’s diet to avoid indigestion. However high doses of paprika can restrict the action of some medications. So if you are on any medication, make sure the daily consumption of Paprika is low.
Paprika has neurological and psychological effects too. It promotes production of ‘sleep hormone’ melatonin, helping you sleep better and restfully. Apart from this, it boosts your serotonin and nor epinephrine levels which help in staying stress free.
The antibacterial action of Paprika inhibits the growth of bacteria like Salmonella and E.Coli that get into the body during ingestion of food. Inclusion of Paprika in the diet can help prevent the bacterial growth and imbalance of good and bad bacteria.
Vitamin C deficiency can lead to Scurvy. It is a rare disease and its symptoms include swelling in gums, bleeding of gums and teeth, higher breathing rate, jaundice, diarrhoea, etc. Paprika is a great source of Vitamin C and should be included in your diet to boost the vitamin’s intake and prevent Scurvy.