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Having a Cold? Use Chili Peppers

Did you know you can use chili peppers are higher in Vitamin C than Citrus?

Calabrian chili peppers, like other members of Capsicum annuum contain high amounts of vitamin C, higher than citrus. Here some of the main benefits of this lovely vegetable

  • They carry a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  •  The spicier peppers contain capsaicin, which has been shown to help stimulate the circulatory and digestive systems. 
  • Furthermore it has been noted that vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid andcartonoid lycopene found in chili reduces the risk of colon cancer.

I guess we really should always have them in our kitchen. Look for raw, fresh chilies featuring brilliant color (green, yellow, orange, red depending on the variety) and once home store them in the refrigerator inside a plastic bag where they will stay fresh for about a week.

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