A native of South and Central America, bell peppers were first introduced to European culture by Christopher Columbus. Today, green peppers are in almost any grocery store and are staples in many healthful diets. Juicing your green peppers provides an alternative to eating whole pepper and offers an easy way to boost your daily vegetable intake. It's low in calories but high in nutritional value, so green pepper juice makes a welcome addition to health-conscious diets.
Basic Nutrition Information
Green pepper juice is relatively low in calories, at just 40 calories per 1-cup serving. This makes up just 2 percent of your daily calorie allowance, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Each serving of the juice provides 7.4 grams of carbohydrates, including 6 grams of natural sugar, a source of energy.
Manganese and Copper
Drinking green pepper juice boosts your intake of essential minerals, including manganese and copper. Each 1-cup serving contains 307 micrograms of manganese -- 13 percent and 17 percent of the daily manganese needs for men and women, respectively -- as well as 166 micrograms of copper, which is 18 percent of the recommended daily intake. Getting enough manganese supports the health of your brain because it removes glutamate -- a toxin -- from your brain tissue. Copper plays a role in brain cell communication and also helps you make melanin, a protein found in your eyes and skin.
Vitamins A and B-6
Green pepper juice comes packed with vitamins, including a significant amount of vitamins A and B-6. Vitamin B-6 helps you make red blood cells -- the cells tasked with oxygen transport -- and also supports healthy nerve communication. Vitamin A maintains healthy skin, and supports the growth of new red and white blood cells. A serving of green pepper juice boasts 932 international units of vitamin A -- 31 percent and 40 percent of the daily vitamin A intakes recommended for men and women, respectively -- as well as 0.56 milligram of vitamin B-6, or 54 percent of the daily requirement.
Vitamins C and K
Drink green pepper juice, and you'll also get more vitamin C, as well as vitamin K. Both nutrients nourish your circulatory system -- vitamin C helps you synthesize collagen, a component of healthy blood vessels, while vitamin K helps blood cells, called platelets, function properly. Vitamin K also plays a role in cell-to-cell communication, and vitamin C's antioxidant function combats tissue damage. A serving of green pepper juice contains 202.6 milligrams of vitamin C -- more than twice the vitamin C men need daily, and nearly three times the daily requirements for women. Drinking a glass of green pepper juice also boosts your vitamin K intake by 18.6 micrograms -- 15 percent and 21 percent of the vitamin K intakes recommended daily for men and women, respectively.
Drinking Green Pepper Juice
Green bell pepper juice has a bold taste that makes it ideal for juice and smoothie blends. It works well with flavorful carrot and beet juices or served on its own with a splash of lemon juice. Make a sweeter juice blend by adding 1/4 cup of green pepper juice to apple or orange juices, or use it to make "green" smoothies by blending it with with frozen fruit, yogurt and flaxseeds. If you're up for a strongly flavored juice, juice green pepper together with lemon and cilantro, parsley or basil for a nutrient-packed herbal juice blend.
- Purdue University: Peppers -- Notes
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Peppers, Sweet, Green, Raw
- Oklahoma State University: Carbohydrates in the Diet
- Linus Pauling Institute: Copper
- Linus Pauling Institute: Manganese
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin A
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin B-6
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin C
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin K