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Health Benefits of Red Bell Pepper
  • Makes a wonderfully sweet, crunchy and colorful addition to our TOJO’s Guacamole Fresca.  “The splash of color that Red Bell Peppers add to our Guacamole is not only a feast for your eyes but also for your health as well.”
  • WHY RED BELL PEPPERS SHOULD BE A PART OF YOUR HEALTHIEST WAY OF EATING: Bell Peppers are a concentrated source of carotenoid  phytonuturients that are responsible for their variation in color as well as providing powerful antioxidant protection against the oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.  The lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin found in Red Bell Peppers are associated with promoting a healthy heart and lung, while their lutein and zeaxanthin promote vision health.  Red Bell Peppers are also rich in numerous other nutrients, including vitamin C.  Red Bell Peppers are an ideal food to add to your ‘Healthiest Way of Eating’ not only because they are high in nutrient, but also because they are low in calories. One cup of Red Bell Peppers contains only 25 calories.”
  • Red Bell Pepper Promotes Vision Health , “bell peppers may have a protective effect against cataracts, possibly due to their vitamin C and bet-carotene content.  When researchers compared the diets of those with and without cataracts, they found that eating certain vegetables, including Bell peppers, significantly reduced the risk of needing cataract surgery.  Red Bell Peppers also contain the carotenoid phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been found to protect against macular degeneration, the main cause of blindness in the elderly.”
  • Red Bell Peppers Promote Heart Health – “Bell Peppers are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and a very good source of folate.  These two nutrients are essential for reducing high levels of homcysteine, a compound that can cause damage to blood vessels and is associated with a greatly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  Additionally, Red Bell Peppers are one of the few foods that are a concentrated source of lycopene.  This carotenoid phytonutrient is believed to play a role in the prevention of heart disease through its ability to inhibit free-radical damage to LDL cholesterol, which, if allowed to progress, can lead to atherosclerosis.  Bell Peppers are also a good source of potassium, a mineral important for maintaining normal blood pressure.”
  • Red Bell Peppers Promote Optimal Health – “Bell Peppers are rich sources of some of the best health-promoting nutrients available, including those with powerful antioxidant activity.  Bell Peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C, good sources of vitamin E and the red varities have the added benefit of supplying large quantities of carotenoids.  Both vitamin C and beta-carotene are powerful antioxidants that work together to effectively neutralize free radicals, which can travel through the body causing damage to cells.  Over time, this damage can manifest in a varitety of disease including cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis and cancer.  Two other nutrients found specifically in Red Bell Peppers – the carotenoids lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin – may also help to promote optimal cellular health.”  “Recent studies suggest that individuals whose diets are low in lycopene-rich foods are at greater risk for developing cancer of the prostate, cervix, bladder and pancreas.  Red Bell Peppers’ beta-cryptoxanthin is suggested to offer protection against the development of lung cancer.”
  • Additional Health-Promoting Benefits of Red Bell Peppers – “Bell Peppers are a concentrated source of many other nutrients providing additional health benefits.  These nutrients include bone-building vitamins K, energy-producing vitamin B1 and vitamin B2, free radical scavenging manganese and copper, and sulfite-detoxifying molybdenum.  Since Bell Peppers contain only 25 calories per one cup serving, they are an ideal food for healthy weight control.”

Health Benefits of Jalepeno Pepper

  • Jalapenos have many health benefits and are extremely healthy for you, and should be included in your healthiest way of eating.  Here is why, Jalapeno Peppers Fight Migraine Headaches and Sinus Headaches.  Studies show that jalapeno peppers can provide pain relief for migraine and sinus headaches. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes jalapeno peppers hot, is known to inhibit a key neuropeptide, Substance P, that is the key brain pain transmitter. Go capsaicin!”
  • Jalapeno Peppers also Prevent Sinusitis and Relieve Congestion – “Here’s why, Capsaicin once again! The pepper heat helps to stimulate secretions that aid in clearing mucus from your nose, combatting nasal congestion. It also contains antibacterial properties that help fight chronic sinus infections.”
  • Jalapeno Peppers Fight Cancer – “Capsaicin not only causes the tongue to burn, it also drives prostate cancer cells to kill themselves, according to studies published in the March 15 issue of Cancer Research. According to the research, capsaicin induced approximately 80 percent of prostate cancer cells growing in mice to follow the molecular pathways leading to apoptosis. Prostate cancer tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in non-treated mice.  "Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture," said Dr. Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D. "It also dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumors formed by those human cell lines grown in mouse models.”
  • Jalapeno Peppers Help Lower High Blood Pressure – “Jalapeno peppers are naturally high in vitamins A and C, and also bioflavonoids. They help strengthen our blood vessels, which makes them more elastic and better able to adjust to blood pressure fluctuations. Jalapeno Peppers also can make us sweat, which causes fluid loss, temporarily reducing overall blood volume.”
  • Jalapeno Peppers Fight Inflammation – “Capsaicin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It inhibits Substance P, which is associated with inflammatory processes; much like it relieves headaches and migraines, listed earlier. Capsaicin may also one day be a treatment for arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic neuropathy.”
  • Jalapeno Peppers Help Soothe Intestinal Diseases –“A Duke University study found that capsaicin may lead to a cure for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The substance can also help to kill bacteria such as H. Pylori, which can help prevent stomach ulcers.”
  • Jalapeno Peppers Can Help You Burn Fat and Lose Weight – “Did you know that capsaicin is a thermogenic? Thermogenics stimulate the body's burning of fat by increasing the metabolism of the body's adipose tissue, generating heat.”
  • Jalapeno Peppers Help Protect Your Heart – “Capsaicin may help to protect the heart by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation.  It may also help the body dissolve fibrin, which is necessary for blood clots to form. Further, cultures around the world that use hot peppers liberally in their meals have significantly lower rates of heart attack and stroke than cultures that do not.”

 

cayenneHealth Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

 

  • Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper – “Promotes natural defences’ against infections, promotes digestive health, promotes heart health and promotes healthy weight control.”
  • Cayenne Pepper Promotes Natural Defences’ Against Infections – “Capsaicin is the phytonutrient in Cayenne that not only gives it heat but also delivers many of the health benefits.  One of its functions is to break up mucus congestion in the nose and lungs.  The concentration of beta-carotene also contributes to its ability to support your immune system during cold and flu season.”
  • “Is rich in antioxidant carotenoids such as beta-carotene as well as capsaicin, a unique phytonutrient that has anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties and provides the heat that may help you to burn excess fat.  The latest studies are now finding capsaicin to actually induce the reduction of tumors.  Organic Cayenne Pepper is an ideal addition to your “Healthiest Way of Eating” not only because it is nutritious, but also because it is low in calories: 2 teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper contain only 11 calories.”
  • Cayenne Pepper Promotes Digestive Health – “Capsaicin has anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties that may benefit digestive health.  Additionally, the use of Cayenne Pepper is associated with a reduced risk of stomach ulcers.”
  • Cayenne Pepper Promotes Heart Health – “Cayenne Pepper has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation, while increasing the body’s ability to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to the formation of blood clots.  Cultures where hot peppers like Cayenne are used liberally have a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism.”
  • Cayenne Pepper Promotes Healthy Weight Control – “Adding Cayenne Pepper to your food may help you to lose weight or maintain optimal weight.  Results from clinical and animal research studies suggest that hot peppers may not only speed up metabolic rate and thermogenesis (burning of fat) but may also act as mild appetite suppressants.”
  • Additional Health-Promoting Benefits of Cayenne Pepper – “Cayenne Pepper is also a concentrated source of free-radical scavenging vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese; and heart-healthy vitamin B6 and dietary fiber.”

*Note: all of the following nutritional information content is for educational purposes only.  Consult a healthcare practitioner for any health problems. All of the following Nutritional Information comes directly from two of our favorite authors books; “Self-Healing Chron’s & Colitis, by Dr. David Klein, PhD Nutritionalist & Natural Hygiene Expert; and also “The World's Healthiest Foods”, by George Mateljan, an essential guide for the healthiest way of eating.  Mr. Mateljan is also founder of Health Valley Foods and author of 5 best-selling books on healthy eating.  Both of these fabulous authors’ books are tremendously helpful resources to us that we consult frequently.  They provide a deep understanding of the best ways to select and store our ingredients and also provide an in depth nutritional understanding of the benefits of the ingredients we select for our ToJo’s foods in promoting health and vitality through living cuisine nutrition.

 
   


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