One cup of red pepper has 317% of your daily need of the powerful antioxidant, vitamin C, and almost 100% of your daily need of vitamin A.
Known by many names like capsicum, sweet pepper or chili pepper, peppers are thought of as a vegetable but are really a fruit. This versatile food is great in salads and can be stuffed, roasted, or stir-fried, but really shins when juiced. Most common is the green pepper, which is simply an unripe red pepper. But if you are looking at maximizing taste and nutrition, go red.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Red Pepper Juice
Protects the Cardiovascular System
Reduces Low-density Lipoprotein, or Bad Cholesterol
Relieves Symptoms of Arthritis
Red Pepper Juice Nutrition
Red peppers pack twice the vitamin C of their younger green brothers and nine times the vitamin A. They are higher than oranges in vitamin C; in fact, just 46 calories or one cup of red pepper has 317% of your daily need of this powerful antioxidant, and almost 100% of your daily need of vitamin A. They’re also a good source of vitamin K, E, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, manganese, and folate.
Red Pepper Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
Red Pepper Juice is a good source of:
- Vitamin K
- Folate Acid
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Red Pepper Juice
If that wasn’t enough, they are one of the best sources of three cancer-fighting carotenoids: lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. And they’re great for the skin and also reduce swelling due to arthritis because of the high silicon content. At Cornell University, Joseph Hotchkiss has shown that peppers are even more effective than tomatoes at stopping the formation of nasty carcinogens called nitrosamines.
Preparing for Juicing
Don’t be shy; you can juice seeds, stem and all. You will be pleasantly surprised how much juice comes pouring out from just one pepper.
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Red Pepper Juice Tips
As a teenager, working in the produce department at Safeway, it was my job to top off all the shelves with fruits and vegetables. Instead of piling new produce on top of the old, we practiced rotation, stripping the older, less-fresh produce off the shelf, adding the new, then piling the older on top. It took a little longer but ensured that buried veggies and fruit would not go rotten and eventually get discarded. So you can guess what I do when looking for the freshest, best produce. The digging may be slightly embarrassing, but like all treasure, it’s worth the effort.
Picking Perfect Produce
Look for smooth, firm, non-waxed peppers. Again, so much is in the color. The best peppers are dark red, firm, unblemished and heavy, with no soft spots.
Storing Your Produce
Will keep in refrigerator for one week.
It wasn’t until a few years after my first juice fast that I tried adding a red pepper to my juice. I always choose the less expensive green variety. After that first mouthful, I have never gone back. Nutrition aside, the contribution of that sweet rich flavor a ripe red pepper adds to a veggie melody is well worth the extra cost.
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