Botanical: Capsicum annuum grossum; Capsicum frutescens
Family: Solanaceae (nightshade)
Other common names: Bell Pepper, Sweet Pepper
Green Pepper is an extraordinary source of vitamin C, which is essential to healthy bodily function. Since the body cannot manufacture its own source, it must be supplied from our diets, and Green Pepper contains more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Try Green Pepper to help fight illness, build immunity and improve digestion.
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The Green Pepper is a variable annual or short-lived perennial that grows to a height of five feet and is native to tropical and sub-tropical zones of Latin America and southern Asia. It is a large fleshy pod of about six inches and contains seeds and will eventually ripen into a sweet Red Bell Pepper. The Green Pepper is a tender, Bell Pepper, a cultivar group that may be green, red, yellow, orange and, more rarely, white, purple, blue or brown, depending on when they are harvested and the specific cultivar. These peppers contain a recessive gene that eliminates the capsaicin in the fruit meaning that they have none of the "heat" that many other varieties of peppers (i.e., Capsicum, Cayenne) have. Green Peppers are unripe Bell Peppers, while the others are all ripe, with the color variation based on cultivar selection. Because they are unripe, Green Peppers are less sweet and slightly more bitter than yellow, orange or red. The Green Pepper is somewhat bell shaped with a straightforward, slightly astringent, but sweet, taste and may be eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable. It is a perennial shrub when grown in its native lands, but being frost-sensitive, it is an annual when cultivated outside tropical zones. Green Peppers are cultivated throughout tropical America, especially Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands. In the United States, California and Florida are the biggest domestic source of the vegetable. The Capsicum genus has been cultivated for thousands of years in tropical Americas (archaeologists found remains of peppers in Mexican sites dating from 7000 B.C.), as well as Africa and India, but legend says that Columbus seems to have been the first European to take conscious note of its food value and carried it to Europe upon his return from the New World. Green Pepper contains fiber, vitamins A and B-6, chlorophyll, protein, and it is loaded with vitamin C.
The greatest benefit derived from Green Pepper is an abundant supply of vitamin C, and as such, it is a great nutrient for overall body health. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the body by its ability to neutralize free radicals that damage cells and lead to poor health and illness, and Green Pepper's abundance of vitamin C will help to build up resistance to harmful invaders, infections and colds. Green Pepper may be of some use in lowering the risk of serious illness by enhancing the body's natural immune system.
As a digestive aid, Green Pepper contains chlorophyll, which is necessary for good digestion and is thought to relieve the discomforts of indigestion, nausea and flatulence. It is sometimes called a tonic that may be helpful in cases of debility in convalescence or old age.
Green Pepper's high vitamin C content increases the efficacy of other vitamins and nutrients (particularly the absorption of iron) and helps to maintain healthy cells and build strong tissues. Many diseases caused by vitamin C deficiency, i.e., scurvy, can cause bruising. Even minor deficiencies of vitamin C can increase the incidence of bruising, and taking Green Pepper may help reduce such bruising and also help to alleviate varicose veins.
Considered an anti-inflammatory, the high vitamin C content in Green Pepper may influence the development of asthma symptoms. Studies have shown that patients with asthma experience significantly less wheezing when taking vitamin C.
Currently, there are no warnings or contraindications with the use of Green Pepper Herbal Supplement.