Health Benefits of Black Pepper
Black pepper is one of the most used spices in different cuisines around the world and it is also considered as a medicinal plant. It is used in both the whole and the grounded form. It is full of ingredients with great health benefits; it contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium, zinc, and vitamin A, C and K, dietary fibre and other. Also is good source of B-complex groups of vitamins such as pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. Black pepper has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties.
Since ancient times it is widely used both like spices and alternative medicine remedy in relieving cough, common cold, some bacterial infections, gastrointestinal problems and many other health problems. Adding pinch of black pepper to every meal helps to improve taste and digestion.
- Increases Nutrient Absorption
Piperine, the major plant alkaloid present in black pepper enhances the bioavailability of various nutrients like: vitamin A and C, selenium, beta-carotene, curcumin (found in turmeric) and others. Curcumin has anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial effects and many other health benefits. Just mix ¼ teaspoon curcumin, ½ teaspoon olive oil and a generous pinch of black pepper. You could take this alone or add to soup salad dressings, vegetables or cooked meals.
- Improves Digestion
Black pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach and facilitating digestion. Most digestive problems are caused by a lack of hydrochloric acid rather than excess amount.
Black pepper help issues like colic, bloating, indigestion, flatulence and constipation.
- Stimulates Appetite
Black pepper is good as an appetite stimulant; it helps improve the appetite through olfactory stimulation.
- Facilitates Weight Loss
Although black pepper stimulates appetite it can also help lose weight by improving metabolism. It contains phytonutrients that encourage the breakdown of fat cells.
- Clean the Body from Toxins
It is a diuretic, therefore it promotes urination which help eliminate toxins and excess water from the body.
- Relieves Gas
Black pepper is carminative, so it relieves stomach gas and also prevents gas formation.
Use black pepper to spicing up your food instead of chilli powder.
- Use black pepper to clear up stuffy nose
Drink a glass of lukewarm water mixed with ½ tablespoon of black papper powder, two or three times a day.
- Protect from bacteria and viruses
Black pepper has antibacterial and antiviral properties because of the content of vitamin C and zinc. According to some research this spice is effective against great number of bacteria and viruses. You could take it regularly in your food to bust your immunity.
- Anticancer activity
The experimental studies and results shows that use of black pepper is very beneficial for human health and should be incorporated everyday in food. Due to his content of vitamin C and A, flavonoids, carotenoids, alkaloid piperine and other antioxidants it help the body remove harmful free radicals and help protect from cancers. According to some research in Molecular Carcinogenesis and Cancer Letters from Paul B. Yaffe; piperine is efficient against colon and breast cancer.
- Relieves depression
Due to content of piperine, black pepper relieves depression and stimulates brain activity.
Other benefits of Black Pepper:
Lower high body temperature
Protect liver function
It is good like aphrodisiac added in some meals and cocktails
It is recommended to use freshly grounded black pepper because it has better flavour and health benefits.
Some warnings at the end
Don’t take pepper in high concentration because it may cause sneezing and sometimes show signs of an allergic reaction. Patients who have undergone abdominal surgery should use small amount of pepper because it can have irritating effect on the intestines.