Black pepper is a popular spice used in all parts of the world. In India, it is an important part Ayurveda, to create medicines. The scientific name of black pepper is “Piper Nigrum”. It has a lot of nutrients in it like iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, chromium, vitamins A and C.
The unique smell and taste of pepper is because of its active component called piperine.
Black pepper is used in cooking and also as a seasoning in many dishes. Freshly ground pepper has the best flavor and fragrance. When black pepper is cooked too much, its essential oils seems to lose its fullest nutrition. So, it is mostly used at the last stage of cooking or as a seasoning.
Helps to reduce obesity
The skin or the outer layer of pepper, when consumed with whole pepper, helps you to break fat in the body. Thus black pepper will help you reduce fat level in a natural way without any side effects. Broken fat get easily digested and is absorbed by the body in a good way.
Consumption of fresh pepper alerts the body to secrete more Hydrochloric acid which is very important for digestion of food. It also helps to relieve gas troubles and also stops gas formation. People who suffer from diarrhea, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), constipation and colic pain, can regularly consume black pepper for better relief.
Black pepper helps you to sweat and pass urine, which helps you to remove a lot of toxins from your body. This will make your body healthier and your skin more shiny.
Black pepper helps you to increase appetite. Researches have confirmed that pepper acts as a stimulant that creates hunger and makes your metabolism stable. If you are a poor eater, consume freshly crushed pepper along with jaggery on a regular basis to improve your appetite. Do not consume pepper and jaggery if you are obese.
Cold and congestion
When you suffer from severe cold and congestion in chest, pepper proves to be a miracle cure. It clears the congestion and helps loosen the phlegm. The anti-microbial properties in pepper also helps to cure cough.
How to consume
- Add freshly crushed pepper to lukewarm water and consume it twice or thrice daily until you find relief.
- You can add pepper to boiling water and inhale the steam.
- Add a pinch of turmeric powder and freshly crushed pepper to warm milk and consume everyday night.
Works as an anti-oxidant
An antioxidant like pepper can prevent or repair the damage caused by the free radicals and thus helps to prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases and liver problems. Free radicals are the byproducts of cellular metabolism that attack healthy cells and cause their DNA to mutate into cancerous cells. Antioxidants like black pepper neutralize these harmful compounds and protect your system from many conditions, even premature aging symptoms like wrinkles, age spots, macular degeneration, and memory loss.
Consuming pepper will help your body to absorb other nutrients from the food you consume. Simply speaking, it maximizes the efficiency of other healthy food which we consume. It makes more nutrients available for our system to use.
Improves cognitive and neurological health
The active component in pepper is piperine. The piperine helps our body to reduce memory impairment and cognitive problems. It keeps the brain stimulated and alert. Pepper might benefit people who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive issues.
When you have a decayed tooth or aching gums, chewing on pepper regularly will help you cure the pain. The anti-inflammatory property in pepper will help you reduce the pain and have healthy gums. The anti-bacterial properties in pepper fights the bacteria that creates bad breath.
Helps cure Vitiligo
Vitiligo is skin disease which causes certain areas in the skin turn whitish in color. It is due to the malfunction in pigmentation. Topical application of crushed pepper can help the skin to regulate the pigment secretion. You need to consult a doctor before you start applying pepper on your skin. Topical application of pepper also prevents skin cancer due to exposure to radiation.
And the benefits does not stop with these, there are many more health benefits of pepper that you can research and use them effectively.