New Orleans may not be the best place for a pregnant woman to spend her Memorial Day weekend, but believe it or not, I was just there last weekend. It wasn’t just the pulsating party scene on Bourbon St. that lured me to it, nor was it just the heady mix of arts, music and paranormal culture that permeates every nook and cranny of the French Quarter. It was mostly the food (think jambalaya, gumbo and etouffée). One common denominator present in most Creole cuisine is paprika, which I just found out is also one of the best and most nutritious grubs for our skin. Here are just some of the reasons why.
- It’s high in antioxidants.
Did you know that 1 tablespoon of this spice is equivalent to 3,560 international units of vitamin A? That’s 71% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A. And if you’re not sure why this is a good thing, let me remind you that vitamin A is a powerful age-defying ingredient, neutralizing free radicals as it stimulates healthy cell turnover. And it’s not just that—paprika is also an excellent source of vitamins E and C, also powerful antioxidants.
- It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Because of these properties, paprika is great for people suffering from inflammatory diseases like arthritis. Another issue it can help you with? Acne and rosacea!
- It contains hair-boosting vitamin B6.
As a rich source of vitamin B6, paprika also helps prevent hair loss and boost your hair’s color. And if that’s not enough, this vitamin also increases your melatonin, the hormone that promotes undisturbed beauty sleep.
- It’s low in calories, cholesterol and sodium.
Need we say more?
If these reasons aren’t enough to encourage you to make yourself a plateful of jambalaya, I don’t know what else to tell you. But if you’re not so much of a cook like me, here’s a beauty treatment you can try: Ilike Skin Care Hungarian Paprika Gel Treatment. Apply this treatment on your face and body to receive the full beauty benefits of paprika without lifting a single pot or pan!