The Key to Cajun: Paprika
Paprika is a staple ingredient in a Cajun spice profile! It is ground spice made from a variety of different peppers. It originates from good ol’ Mexico! Paprika is part of the Capsicum annuum pepper plant family. The active ingredient capsaicin is what aides in all its amazing benefits. Paprika contains capsanthin (antioxidant), capsaicin, carotenoids, extremely high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and lutein.
Top 5 Health Benefits of Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon of paprika contains over 3,500 IU’s of Vitamin A! Vitamin A is known for its antioxidant properties as well which help aide in the reduction of inflammation.
- Carotenoids are antioxidants. They are fat soluble and are most bioavailable when ingested with other healthy fats (butter, animal fats, cheese, avocado, etc.). Lutein is also an antioxidant that is very important for your eye health.
- Helps regulate blood sugars
- Capsaicin has been shown to help lower high blood sugars and prevent insulin resistance.
- Fights autoimmune diseases
- Capsaicin can help inhibit the development and growth of autoimmune diseases.
- Capsaicin is a bioactive phytochemical that helps alter the expression of several genes involved in cancer cell survival and cancer cell growth.
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