health benefits of peppers

*bell peppers are great during periods of heavy restricting*

i’ve always loved bell peppers and today i was doing some research on their health benefits and i was very surprised what i found out. here’s a short list of few of the many benefits…

Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful. The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation.
If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.
The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.
Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.

Bell peppers are also mostly water and very hydrating which is extremely important during restricting/fasting! ****i don’t at all encourage these behaviors i just want to those who do to stay as healthy as possible****

do your body a favor and go have some peppers 💕🍅🌶

I’ve had an in-progress recs file for awhile and I’m determined to stop sitting on them, so! I never expected to fall in love with the Tony/Pepper pairing, but, boy, did I ever, and there’s some really delightful fic out there for them! And, as always, if you have other recs, FEEL FREE TO SHARE, I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH THEM, OKAY.

(Previous recs: one, two, three, four, five, and six.)

The Most Adequate Christmas Ever by igrockspock, tony/pepper + some clint/natasha, 3.4k
   It’s December twenty-third, and Tony has figured out absolutely nothing about Christmas.
my life would suck without you by SHCombatalade, tony/pepper, ~1k
   Tony Stark is terrible at apologizing. Luckily for him, Pepper is excellent at forgiving.
A Day in the Life by PutItBriefly, tony/pepper, 1k
   A day in the life of Tony and Pepper – a jumble of poor choices, hyper-focus and struggling to build something brand new with the person you love.
Cornucopia Malibu by PutItBriefly, tony/pepper, 1.4k
   Pepper takes Tony on a surprise outing.
Eleven Other Bathrooms by PutItBriefly, tony/pepper, 2.1k
   “It’s our five week anniversary,” he says, like its the most plainly obvious thing in the world. It isn’t even true. They agreed to try this experiment in romance on a Saturday and today is Tuesday. Their five week anniversary was three days ago.
Someone I Used to Know by igrockspock, tony/pepper, 1.8k
   Pepper doesn’t talk about home or family much, but that doesn’t mean Tony doesn’t know about them.
Party of Two by igrockspock, tony/pepper, 1.8k
   The first time Tony invites Pepper to a party, it’s a party in his pants. The invitations get better over the years.
The Bodyguard by igrockspock, tony/pepper + clint + natasha, ~1k
   Pepper needs a bodyguard, and Tony has the flu, so Clint reluctantly volunteers. Tony is not amused.
The Healthful Benefits of Cactus by buffyaddict13, tony & pepper, civil war spoilers, 5.3k
   The logical part of her brain knows Steve is only partially at fault. There are issues she does not understand, or is not privy to. Issues involving the Sokovia Accords, Bucky Barnes, and the murder (murder!) of Tony’s parents. But the logical part of her brain is currently out to lunch and she is pissed. Not just at Steve. At all the Avengers. At herself. For the first time in months, the only person she isn’t angry with is Tony.

full details + recs under the cut!

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 How to dry Chili Peppers, 5 health benefits and a remedial use for them!

To sun dry

  1. Pick good quality peppers and give them a rinse in cool water
  2. Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds (you can dry these separately if you like)
  3. Place them down on a baking tray/tin making sure to put the skin side facing up. Ridged bottom trays are best as they let air get underneath more easily.
  4. Dry them in direct sunlight for at least 8-9 hours and cover them at night with a cloth so no flies or bugs get to them.
  5. When they break apart easily in your hands they are ready to be put into a clean sterilized jar. (You can sterilize a jar by gently boiling it in a pan of water)
  6. You can keep them as they are or rehydrate them before using them with water to help release more flavour. They can also be cut into smaller strips, diced or ground into a powder.

To oven dry

  1. Rinse the peppers in cool water
  2. Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds
  3. Place them down on a baking tray/tin making sure to put the skin side facing up. Ridged bottom trays are best as they let air get underneath more easily.
  4. Simply preheat the oven on a low heat, 45 Celsius on a fan oven, 80 Celsius on a gas oven. 104 Fahrenheit - 176 Fahrenheit
  5. Place the trays in the oven and cook for 6-7 hours, drying time may vary though however once they start to turn brown they are done. Keep a close eye on them every so often to make sure they do not burn!
  6. They can be kept in a brown paper bag or in a clean jar

5 Health benefits of Chili Peppers such as Cayenne 

  • Very high levels of Vitamin C, 100g Gives 240% of your daily recommended allowance. This helps to boost the immune system and keep colds and infections at bay and to fight them once they occur.
  • Capsaicin  the compound that gives a chili it’s strong spicy flavour and pungent smell has been shown to be anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic and to reduce bad cholesterol. It also has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • The antioxidants present in Chili peppers help to reduce damage caused by free radicals especially those that occur from stress and disease. This not only helps to reduce aging but also general deterioration and reduce the risk of cancerous cells developing. 
  • Certain minerals and compounds found within them can help to regulate and lower blood pressure along with improving poor blood circulation.
  • Chili’s can greatly aid in weight loss by stimulating the metabolism due to it’s Capsaicin content.

A remedial use for Cayenne Chili Peppers - Sinus pain & congestion remedy

  • Boil water for one cup
  • Pour the water into a cup once it has settled a little
  • Add ¼ of dried ginger (or a ginger teabag if you prefer)
  • As much fresh lemon juice as you like, I recommend half a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried Cayenne pepper
  • You can add honey or infuse it with some lemon rind if you like
  • Sip it slowly as it can leave a burning sensation in the back of the throat for a while. To help this consider eating some fresh mint to help soothe it and get even more cold fighting properties!


Avoid this if you allergic to Cayenne or other spices as it may contain the same allergen. 

If you have any notable conditions it may be worth checking with a Herbalist or Doctor before trying this remedy as it may interfere with certain medication due to the Capsaicin.

Just a few quick words, sorry I haven’t been as active this last couple weeks, I hope you are all well or as well as can be and as always feel free to drop me a message if you have a request for a herb/spice/plant overview or remedy.    Also my ask box is always open!


The Healthful Benefits Of Cactus

Author: buffyaddict13
Rating: gen
Word Count: 5-10k
Genre(s): drama, fluff
Film-specific: post-civil war
Tropes: banter, still in love, hospitals, fix it of sorts, protective!pepper

Summary: The logical part of her brain knows Steve is only partially at fault. There are issues she does not understand, or is not privy to. Issues involving the Sokovia Accords, Bucky Barnes, and the murder (murder!) of Tony’s parents. But the logical part of her brain is currently out to lunch and she is pissed. Not just at Steve. At all the Avengers. At herself. For the first time in months, the only person she isn’t angry with is Tony.


Hey guys, since fic involving the events in CACW that center on Tony are still a little difficult to find, I’ve decided to create a second list containing the ones I could. Still all ships, all pairings, all genres. Most of the incomplete fics are in the angsty section because they are angsty right now, but the majority of them seem like they’ll have happy endings, so they could really belong to either catagory. Otherwise, hope everyone enjoys and sends these authors some love for their hard work!

Obviously all fics have spoilers.

See my first fic collecting post here. Also, if there are some fics I missed, or CACW Tony fics not posted to AO3, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.


Angsty Fic (fic to rip your heart out)

Need is just a word by masterlokisev159 (incomplete, Steve/Tony)

All Roads Lead Home by starspangledsprocket (incomplete, Steve/Tony, Tony&Rhodey friendship)

It always rains by Kamaleen (incomplete, Steve/Tony, omegaverse)

The wrong call (all down the line) by SinBin (incomplete, Steve/Tony)

And I Leave You With This (this mess we’ve made) by spazt (incomplete, Steve/Tony, Rhodey/Tony)

Mirror Match by Mcfly93 (incomplete, Steve/Tony)

Vibranium Hearts by LokasennaHiddleston (incomplete, T'Challa/Tony, Steve&Tony friendship)

The Perfect Ending by tonystarktrash (incomplete, Pepper/Tony)

Heroes and Other Childhood Delusions by cavtain (typeBfan) (incomplete, gen, Bucky&Steve&Tony friendship)

Lost and Found by Shi_Toyu (incomplete, gen, Bucky&Steve&Tony friendship)

Reconstruction by tobedecided (incomplete, gen)

People Like Me Don’t Get Saved (We Get Left Behind) by arianapeterson19 (incomplete, gen)

Of Laughing Matters by Aate (incomplete, gen)

Captain America Signs the Registration Act by Mushroom (Steve/Tony, character death)

Regrets by RageAgainstTheNormal (Steve/Tony, character death)

Shield My Heart by snowkind (Steve/Tony, NSFW)

Zugzwang by Woad (Steve/Tony, character death)

We Know That Dreams Are Dead by Fangirlingmanaged (Steve/Tony)

Between a rock and a hard place by RedK (Tony/Steve, NSFW, dubcon)

I Guess I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead by Fangirlingmanaged (Steve/Tony)

I’ve Got Two Faces, Blurry’s the one I’m Not by Fangirlingmanaged (Steve/Tony)

Love is the Funeral Pyre by Antianeira (Steve/Tony)

Sweet Release by ElizabethMarvel123 (Steve/Tony, character death)

Friend, Please. by Fangirlingmanaged (Steve/Tony)

36 Hours by intheclearyet (Natasha/Tony)

December 16th, 1991—did you know? by MoonGirl1155 (gen)

The Only Exception by Lilipoussis (gen)

Whipping Boy by Caroly214 (gen)

only then i know why i see the warning signs by ars_arcana (gen, character death)

Scarlet Letter by Valentine (gen)


Hopeful/Happy Fic (fic to make you feel a bit better)

What’s Bent, What’s Broken by crackedshades (incomplete, Bruce/Tony)

Reparations by genius_billionaire_gayboy (incomplete, Steve/Tony/Bucky)

Like the prodigal son by iamclem (incomplete, gen, may not stay Tony centric)

Possible by 222Ravens (Rhodey/Tony)

tomorrow mountain we will climb by fivedrinkamy (Rhodey/Tony)

One Safe Place by EllOnWheels (Rhodey/Tony)

Clearing Skies by Reddwarfer (Rhodey/Tony)

Show me how it used to be by JuliaBaggins (Pepper/Tony)

Bless This Mess by katalizi (Pepper/Tony)

Before The World Fell At Our Feet by lunarknightz (Pepper/Tony)

(An Attempt At) Subterfuge by Timeboundpythia (Pepper/Tony)

wear your momentum by sandyk (Pepper/Tony)

The Healthful Benefits of Cactus by buffyaddict13 (Pepper/Tony)

Three by Amy (InnitMarvelous) (Pepper/Tony)

Twist and Turn by Queen_haQ (Pepper/Tony)

Only You (Reprise) by muzivitch (Tony/May Parker)

How Happiness Works by little_werewolf (Steve/Tony)

talk is cheap by allourheroes (Steve/Tony, Peter&Tony friendship)

Detente by MassiveSpaceWren (Steve/Tony)

Broken Pieces of a Whole by coaster (Steve/Tony)

Unbent, Unbroken by lwielaura (Steve/Tony)

You’ve Been Sleeping In The Wild by skyline (Steve/Tony)

Shattered into a Thousand Pieces (Stony) (Civil War) by Skyrezo (Steve/Tony)

When The Dust Settles, Who Will Be Standing With Me by vicnic90 (angsty Steve/Tony, Natasha&Tony friendship)

Suit Up by awildlokiappears (gen, Steve&Tony friendship)

     It’s sequel: Iron by awildlokiappears (gen)

Moving On by Kaitie (Steve/Tony or Steve&Tony friendship, Natasha&Tony friendship)

Always Hate Me by CoffeeAndArrows (Natasha&Tony friendship)

I Know by nonna (gen, Bucky&Tony friendship)

He Killed My Mom by Kelady (gen, Steve&Tony friendship)

Alright by FemiNerd (MishaDerps) (gen, Steve&Tony friendship)

Done by ficlicious (gen, Laura Barton&Tony friendship, Rhodey&Tony friendship)

Off Screen by RussianEmpress (collection of fics, second chapter has gen Peter&Tony friendship)

Aftermath by shadowlancer_95 (gen, Fury&Tony friendship)

Keeping Track of Things by riani1 (gen, slight T'Challa&Tony friendship)