Capers have a pleasant flavour with surprising health benefits, they are used extensively in preparation of Mediterranean cuisines. Capers are a storehouse of essential vitamins and other nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, fibre and niacin. Plus they are super salty. Capers contain huge amounts of quercetin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory phytochemical compound. Quercetin inhibits a liver enzyme called UGT2B17 which breaks down hormones.
Anabolic steroids such as testosterone can regulate body weight. Males with lower testosterone levels are 2.4 times more likely to be obese than males with higher testosterone levels. Testosterone levels are consistently inversely correlated with BMI in humans. GT2B17 metabolizes testosterone to a metabolite, which is then excreted in urine. So quercetin does a really good job in maintaining testosterone levels. Red wine (resveratrol) and component flavonoids also inhibit UGT2B17.
The tangy, bitter flavour of capers adds piquancy to many sauces and condiments, such as tartare sauce, and they are a good match for fish. They can be used as a garnish for meat and vegetable dishes and in tapenade. Add them to pizza and pasta, or sprinkle them on your steak.