They are small and tasty, and bring joy to our tables. Not only: capers are also rich in beneficial properties for our body!
Capers are the protagonists of the Mediterranean diet, which uses them to season many dishes. They are little green buds coming a from a plant that grows where there are hot temperatures.
Everyone knows capers and their many uses in recipes, but how many of you are aware of their amazing therapeutic properties? They can benefit a lot of mild and serious health problems. Let’s find out more!
Capers: calories and nutritional values
First of all, let’s talk about the nutritients this food contains. They have very low calories: 100gr only have 23kCal. On the contrary, they are rich in proteins and carbohydrates. They also contain important minerals for the right functioning of our body, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Finally, they contain vitamins of the group A, B and C, flavonoids, beta carotene and fibers.
This is why capers have a lot of beneficial properties and a strong antioxidant action. The quercitin they contain safeguards joints, bones and cartilage.
Among the antioxidants this food contains, there are rutin and kaempferol. The first substance acts on the cardiovascular system, keeping blood cholesterol levels under control. It is very important if you suffer from varicose veins, hemorrhoids and gout.
Kaempferol, instead, is an anti-inflammatory substance which has anti-tumor properties. According to some studies, it can induce tumor cell apoptosis, that is the auto-distruction process.
Capers are a panacea also for the digestive system. They stimulate the appetite and protect the stomach, other than reducing intestinal swelling. Moroever, some substances this food contains have anti-allergic properties. They mitigate the effect of different allergens, such as dust and pollen.
Furthermore, capers are rich in vitamin C, strengthen the immune system and protect from diseases. Finally, they are extraordinary for people suffering from diabetes, because they reduce blood sugar levels.
Are capers harmful?
One of the most important thing you should know about this food is that its content of sodium is very high, especially if it is salt-preserved. For this reason, you should always rinse it when you use it instead of salt to season your meals.
People suffering from hypertension or kidney problems should eat capers with great moderation. There are no specific side effects for them. Just be careful during pregnancy, because you might more likely suffer from hypertension, and before surgeries, because they have a blood thinner action.
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