Black pepper is a popular spice that is used in cuisine all over the world. In India, whole black peppercorns are added to curries, rice and a variety of other dishes.
While some may completely ignore the real role of black pepper in food, it may be surprising to hear that black pepper has a number of different health benefits.
Black pepper originates from the Piperaceae family and has a botanical name Piper nigrum.
It can be consumed either whole or freshly ground and sprinkled on various foods.
Health Benefits Of Black Pepper
If you look at the recommended daily allowances of various minerals, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that black pepper has significant quantities of iron, manganese, vitamin K and fiber. Not just that, it also has within it potassium which is known to have a protective effect on the heart and can control blood pressure.Black pepper also contain zinc which has been shown in various clinical studies to be a powerful antioxidant. The antioxidants fight against harmful free radicals that can damage the vital organs and hasten ageing.
The primary ingredient of black pepper is Piperine. Piperine is what gives black pepper its flavour. It is an essential oil with aromatic qualities that can enhance the absorption of the vitamins, selenium and other nutrients from the food that we eat.
Other studies have also shown that black pepper has anti-inflammatory, anti bacterial and immune boosting properties as well.
Interestingly, there are some clinical studies that have found that black pepper and its constituents may be useful in helping people to stop smoking.
Black pepper also stimulates the production of acid in the stomach. This helps aid better digestion and can reduce excessive gas.
Fortunately, we consume sufficient amount of black pepper in our diet to have some type of health benefit. However, numerous supplements are now available that contain piperine in them, particularly those that help maintain health in women.
Black pepper is an excellent health enhancer that must be a part of your regular diet. Just grind it generously on your favourite dish and enjoy its health benefits.
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