- Being flower buds, capers are in fact very low in calories, 23 calories per 100 g. However, this spice-bud contains many phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins essential for optimum health.
- Capers are one of the plant sources high in flavonoid compounds rutin (or rutoside) and quercetin. Capers are in-fact a very rich source of quarcetin (180 mg/100 g) second only to tea leaf. Both these compounds are powerful antioxidants. Research studies suggest that quercetin has antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory
- Furthermore, rutin strengthens capillaries and inhibits platelet clump formation in the blood Both these actions of rutin help in smooth circulation of blood in very small vessels. Rutin has found application in some trial treatments for hemorrhoids, varicose veins and in bleeding conditions such as hemophilia. It was also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
- Caper buds contain high levels of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin K, niacin and riboflavin. Niacin helps lower LDL cholesterol.
- Caper parts have been used to relieve rheumatic pain in traditional medicines.
- Caper pickles are traditionally added to recipes as appetite stimulant. In addition, they help relieve stomachache and flatulence conditions.
- Capers contain chemicals that might help control blood
- The parts of the plant can improveblood flow near the skin’s surface, when applied directly.