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What Vitamins Are in Yellow Pepper?

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Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.

Yellow peppers aren't only delicious, they are also good for you. Consuming just one yellow pepper provides the body with 7 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, 15 percent of vitamin B6, 568 percent of vitamin C and 500 percent of potassium. This means that even if you only eat a few pieces of the pepper, you're still providing your body with a nutritious and beneficial snack.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the eyes adjust to light and provides clear, moist eyes. It also keeps the skin moist and supple, and works as an antioxidant to prevent free-radicals from damaging tissues in the body. Because vitamin A is fat-soluble, it is stored in the body for a longer period of time than water-soluble vitamins, like vitamin C. It is possible to consume too much vitamin A, so if you are already taking a vitamin A supplement, avoid eating too many foods with vitamin A. Because yellow peppers contain only 7 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, however, eating a bunch of yellow peppers will not cause vitamin A toxicity.

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Potassium

Potassium is a vitamin that regulates blood pressure, and controls muscle and nerve function. Potassium is especially imperative for athletes, who lose large amounts of potassium while exercising and sweating. Symptoms of potassium deficiency include muscle cramps and irregular heartbeat.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps the body's enzymes function correctly. Vitamin B6 is present in many fruits and vegetables, including bananas, watermelon and yellow peppers; most people who eat fruits and vegetables regularly will not experience a vitamin B6 deficiency. Although it is not scientifically proven to cure all ailments, vitamin B6 is recommended for arthritis, immune system health, mod disorders and swelling.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is required for the body to build bones, muscle, cartilage and blood vessels. It also allows iron to be absorbed into the body. Without vitamin C, the body would not be able to rebuild itself, causing scurvy, which can lead to death. Vitamin C overdose generally does not occur because the water-soluble vitamin can flush out of the system quickly. Therefore, yellow peppers, which contain more than 500 percent of the daily recommended dosage of vitamin C, are not dangerous to eat for this reason.

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