This common, everyday spice deserves more attention! Most people are unaware of the numerous health benefits offered by the little, precious peppercorns. About 4,000 years ago Black Pepper was actually used as currency in the marketplace; a highly prized commodity.
The pepper plant is a tropical climate vine native to India - that produces tight clustered flowers that later bear the seed we know as peppercorns. Today’s top producers of Black Pepper are India and Indonesia.
One of the benefits of enjoying Black Pepper is as a digestive aid. It creates a loop-back effect where the pepper stimulates the salivary glands that in turn tell the stomach to increase production of hydrochloric acid, which is used to breakdown proteins and other foods within the stomach. Without enough hydrochloric acid food sits in the stomach undigested for much longer periods and causes heartburn and indigestion. Black Pepper is also carminative. That means that it actually helps prevent intestinal gas from being formed in the first place.
Some other Health Benefits of Black Pepper Include:
Encourages the body to sweat and rid itself of harmful toxins
Helps to break up congestion from colds in both the chest cavities and sinuses
Has been shown to help reduce the risk of skin cancer from overexposure to UV
Helps keep the arteries clean
Repairs damage caused by free radicals
Helps to relieve joint pain
Is helpful in treating respiratory conditions
Helps fight tooth decay
Can boost efficiency of white blood cell activity
Inhibits oxidative stress
Enhances bio-availability of other nutrients
Increases thermogenesis and thereby metabolic function
Continue Article Here: A constituent (alkaloid) of Black Pepper, called Piperine, is responsible for increasing serotonin levels that enhance mood.
A promising find - Black Pepper has been shown to fight cancer by interrupting the signals sent between cancer cells.
Black Pepper is a great source of Manganese, Vitamin K, Iron, and Fiber. Additionally, Black Pepper also offers a wide array of antioxidant and antibacterial properties; and is a rich source of phenols, making it an all-around super spice. And, if that weren’t enough, the outer layer of the peppercorn seed aids in the breakdown of fatty tissue.
The combination effect of Black Pepper with Turmeric goes way beyond expectations of health researchers. The associated health benefits of this particular pair are in a word, amazing. This is basically due to the Piperine found in the Black Pepper affecting the Curcumin found in the Turmeric. The Piperine dramatically increases the bio-availability of the Curcumin. Curcumin itself is quite astonishing…and it just may be the most promising of all herbs and spices as they relate to health and healing. I encourage you to research the benefits of Turmeric as well. You may read a post I previously wrote about Turmeric. (Link Below)
Adding Fresh Ground Black Pepper to a multitude of dishes not only enhances taste and the bio-availability of the other nutrients in the meal…it’s just plain good for you!
**People with ulcers and those undergoing abdominal surgery should avoid using Black Pepper. Always consult with your physician, nutritionist, or health care practitioner before drastically changing your dietary habits.