Nutritional highlights: Provides great help with weight loss efforts, and not only fights cancer but may also destroy cancer cells.
This is a wonderfully flavorful veggie that not only adds spice to foods, but also a myriad of nutrients. Low in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fats, they’re abundant in powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, and protein. The phytochemical ‘capsaicin’ lends this vegetable its spicy heat, and coupled with antioxidants, assists in fighting cancer, and may even destroy certain cancer cells.
Jalapenos are a great dieting tool helping to lower appetite and enhancing the fat-burning process. Their heat also relieves congestion. Jalapenos also aid in maintaining healthy lungs and heart.
Jalapenos are rich in vitamins A, B-complex (1, 3, 5, 6, and 9), C, E, and K. These are powerful antioxidants, extremely important for healthy vision, fight bacterial growth, inhibit viruses, strengthens the immune system, and protect against stroke. They also assist in healing wounds, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, fight aging, encourage healthy hair and skin, protect against nerve damage, assist in digestion and muscle development, strengthen the heart, lower ‘bad cholesterol’, produce hormones linked to lowering stress, and increasing sexual performance.
Minerals in jalapenos include calcium, copper, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. These minerals are essential for maintaining strong bones teeth, muscles, and nerves. They also boost the immune system, keep our skin healthy, and strengthen our vision.
Protein and amino acids are all necessary for energy and muscle development. This vegetable source of protein is especially important for vegetarian diets.
The natural fiber in jalapenos is essential for healthy digestion, and helps with weight loss efforts by creating a feeling of ‘fullness’.
Ongoing studies indicate that jalapenos may prevent prostate cancer and actually destroy prostate cancer cells already present.
Try these recipes – this first one is my favorite juicing recipe of all time which is saying allot because I’m not a jalapeno fan! This was shared with me by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, a juicing expert and friend. Thank you Priscilla!
Jalapeno Apple Kale Juice
4 Apples – skin, seeds, and all!
5 leaves Kale
2 stalks Celery
1 Lemon or Lime – rind, seeds, and all!
A chunk of Jalepeño – size to your taste!
Jalapeno Carrot Orange Juice
5 Carrots – don’t peel them!
1 Beet – likewise leave the skin!
2 Oranges – without the rind (too bitter!)
Chunk of Ginger
Chunk of Jalapeno
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