Paprika is a spice made from air-dried fruits of the chili pepper. Paprika is most often associated with Hungarian food, however, the chilies from which it is made are native to central Mexico. It was brought to Spain in the 16th century. The seasoning is also used to add color and flavor to many types of dishes.
Paprika can be mild to hot depending on the peppers from which it was made. The heat intensity varies between countries.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in medicine as a topical analgesic.
But while paprika abundantly contains these healthy constituents, it is not particularly known for its medicinal benefits as a stand-alone spice. However, it does contribute to an overall healthy diet when used as a seasoning in dishes.
The following are the paprika benefits that may be derived from consuming this herb:
- Paprika helps to regulate blood pressure.
- Paprika may help improve blood circulation.
- Paprika may help assist digestion by normalizing acid in the stomach.
- Paprika as an antibiotic.
- Paprika has anti-inflammatory properties.