9 Amazing Benefits of Black Pepper

A pinch of black pepper added to any recipe works more than just a flavor enhancer. The king of spices is known to offer a number of health benefits while providing an excellent depth of flavor to a dish. The use of black pepper in your diet helps to promote weight loss, aid in digestion, relieve cough and cold, increase metabolism and treat skin problems.

Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both, a spice and a medicine. The chemical piperine, which is present in black pepper, causes the spiciness. It is native to Kerala, the southern state of India. Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely-traded spices in the world. It is not considered a seasonal plant and is, therefore, available throughout the year. When dried, this plant-derived spice is referred to as a peppercorn. Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is also used to preserve food. Black pepper is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent.

Health Benefits of Black Pepper

Black pepper, while adding its own flavor to the food, is extremely good for your stomach, stimulates your appetite, helps in losing weight, improves your digestion, relieves respiratory problems and increases skin health. Let us know the health benefits of black pepper in detail;

Good for the Stomach: Consumption of pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, thereby facilitating digestion. Proper digestion is essential to avoid diarrhea, constipation and colic. Pepper also helps to prevent the formation of intestinal gas, and when added to a person’s diet, it can promote sweating and urination, which remove toxins from the body. Sweating removes toxins and cleans out the pores of any foreign bodies that may have lodged there and it can also remove excess water. In terms of urination, you can remove uric acid, urea, excess water, and fat, since 4% of urine is made of fat. A good digestion helps in weight loss, makes your overall body function better and prevents severe gastrointestinal conditions. As black pepper is carminative in nature, it easily expels the gas out of the body in a downward motion, which is healthy, as gas when moved upward can be dangerous because it can strain the upper chest cavity and other vital organs.

BlackpepperWeight Loss: The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Therefore, peppery foods are a good way to help you shed weight naturally. When fat cells are broken down into their component parts, they are easily processed by the body and applied to other healthier processes and enzymatic reactions, rather than settling in your body and making you look overweight.

Skin Health: Pepper helps to cure vitiligo, which is a skin disease that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigmentation and turn white. According to researchers in London, the piperine content of pepper can stimulate the skin to produce melanocytes pigment. Topical treatment of piperine combined with ultraviolet light therapy is much better than the other harsher, more chemical-based treatments for vitiligo. It also reduces the chances of skin cancer due to excessive ultraviolet radiation.

Respiratory Relief: In Ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics for treating cold and cough. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has an expectorant property that helps to break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract and its natural irritant quality helps you to expel these loosened materials through the act of sneezing or coughing, which eliminates the material from the body and helps you recover from whatever infection or illness that caused the deposition in the first place.

Antibacterial Quality: The antibacterial property of black pepper helps to fight against infections and insect bites. Pepper added to the diet helps to keep your arteries clean by acting in a similar way to fiber and scraping excess cholesterol from the walls, thereby helping to reduce atherosclerosis, the condition highly responsible for heart attacks and strokes.

Antioxidant Potential: An antioxidant like pepper can prevent or repair the damage caused by the free radicals and thus help 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.

Enhances Bioavailability: Black pepper helps in transporting the benefits of other herbs to different parts of the body, maximizing the efficiency of the other healthy foods that we consume. That is why adding it to food not only makes it delicious but also helps make the nutrients more available and accessible to our system.

Cognitive Impairment and Neurological Health: Piperine, one of the key components of black pepper, has been shown in numerous studies to reduce memory impairment and cognitive malfunction. Chemical pathways in the brain appear to be stimulated by this organic compound, so early research demonstrates the possibility for pepper to benefit Alzheimer’s patients and those that are suffering from dementia and other age-related or free radical-related malfunctions in cognition.

Peptic Ulcers: A number of studies have shown that black pepper may have beneficial effects on gastric mucosal damage and peptic ulcers, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

pepperAsthma and Whooping Cough – Pepper is a good treatment for respiratory conditions due to its properties as an expectorant, as well as its strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Other Benefits

According to Ayurvedic medicine, black pepper also helps to prevent ear-aches and gangrene. It is also good for conditions of hernia, hoarseness and insect bites. It is also commonly used to treat conditions of tooth decay and toothache. In ancient times, pepper was also administered to treat vision problems.

Preparing grounded pepper powder at home is better than buying ready-made pepper powder. However, even home-made powder retains its freshness for only 3 months, while whole peppercorns can keep their freshness indefinitely. Thus, adding a pinch of black pepper to every meal helps to improve both, taste and digestion. It also improves your overall health and well-being.

Is Black Pepper Good for you?

Yes, it is. According to Ayurvedic medicine, black pepper also helps to prevent ear-aches and gangrene. It is also good for treating conditions like a hernia, hoarseness and insect bites. It is also commonly used to treat tooth decay and toothache. In ancient times, pepper was also administered to treat vision problems.

How to Select and Store Peppercorns?

Black pepper is available round the year in all the stores. It’s better to buy whole pepper seeds, not the powdered black pepper. Look for peppercorns that are compact, round, heavy and wholesome. Peppercorns can be stored for months in a dry air-tight container at room temperature, in a dry and dark place. And keep the ground black pepper in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.

Word of Warning

Pepper may cause sneezing. Patients who have undergone abdominal surgery should not add excessive pepper to their diet because it can have an irritating effect on the intestines. Black pepper should not be taken in high concentration, and if you see signs of an allergic reaction, discontinue its use and consult a doctor.

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1

my middle ear is congested. i wonder if it would help clear it up?

2

peppercorns and black pepper can also ease the somewhat common anxiety side-effect that comes with cannabis use.

3

6 or 7 whole peppercorns 3 to 4 times a day swallowed with water will take pain from hemorrhoids away and they will disappear in a week

4

I took black pepper (with warm water) for sneezing and runny nose. Worked like a charm. However, afterwards, I suffered from some really bad bloating feeling, nausea and some diarrea.

Could have black pepper caused that? Or maybe I just got anxious/nervous? It wasn't a pinch, it was more like a (small) spoon of it mixed with water. Though I didn't drink too much, it was more for gargling.

5

do not gargel with black pepper!! omg

6

Can it be swallowed whole ? And achieve the same results?

7

Swallowing would not be recommended.

8

I have been suffering with Pneumonia and a Dis-ease of the body called Sarcouidoisis. The doctors have had me on three different types of anti-biotics to help remove the phlem mucous and Inflammation, however nothing has been working. I did not start getting results for the relief of the Plehgm and mucous until I started taking a Pinch of peppercorns along with Tumeric mixed in Cocunut milk, now all of a sudden the mucous is coming up in chunks. I know that it is the Black Pepper and Tumeric that is helping me. Thanks GOD for Natural Cures. Peace Love and Light to You all!...

9

Black pepper and honey can help you in getting rid of cold and cough

10

Try this in a tiny bowl.
Mix honey, black pepper and pure vanillia extract.
The pepper and vanilla portions will be according to taste, honey will be a teaspoon.
Start with tiny portions vanilla/ black pepper.
It taste like a liquor, and so healthy!

11

Can I take the pepper for treat the vomiting ?

If can take, what chemical can treat ?

12

Why shouldn't you take black pepper in high concentration?

13

Anything in large amounts is harmful John.

14

Are you sure about that Mariam? I know it's been over12 a year. Good luck!

15

Rich Man

I know a guy that uses black pepper on chocolate ice cream. I thought that was crazy but not any more.

How much pepper is it needed to be good for you and how much pepper would perhaps be bad for you

Could a qualified organic health professional answer those questions. Thanks

16

Do as they say and add a pinch per meal.

17

No. Don't ever just blindly follow. Do your own research, always. Never accept information from only one source. How much you can/should use depends on Many things, not the least of which is the type, preparation & age of the spice or herb. Always astray small - like with that pinch. If you find that you can tolerate it well, add more - especially if you are seeking a therapeutic dose. Consult an herbalist - and make sure it's someone you can trust.

18

I always use black pepper to my fresh tomato juice with tobasco...is just like virgin Bloody Mary, this ingredient have amazing benefits, I just known,,, WoW fantastic.

19

wow, I take with black tea all the time try it youll love it

20

Try this: mix honey, lime juice and pinch of black pepper powder in Luke warm water and grab it before u go for sleep. This will help u in digestion and it reduce the skin pigmentation. Try this... It works.

21

Thanks for this, please can lemon juice be used in place of lime?

22

Make sure is raw honey and never cook honey you will kill the enzymes

23

Yaas boo boo Yaas. Black Pepper is da best!11

24

I absolutely love black pepper. My husband dashes pepper over just about everything before he eats it. He is usually in such a great mood, now I see why. I guess I will follow suit! Thanks for the article. Great info.

25

I like it too! I think I had some on my Ham Sammy the other day 😛

26

My favourite spice 🙂

27

LOVE THAT, any time I fell feverish, is just a matter of preparing hot pepper soup that's all I NEED and I'll be well soon.u can try it.

28

I have done! Works like a charm! Sometimes use red pepper (Cayenne).

29
Felicia Faulkner

I put black pepper on everything. It does make me sneeze pretty bad though.

30

Good. I take black peper everyday specially with my half boiled egg!

31

I guess I'm lucky I love black pepper!

32
Eugenia Pacheco

Yep! I'm watching the game!!

33

I must be lucky to. Because i am a very fan off Black pepper. God luck too night. May the Best team winn:-)))))))

34
Mariana Lorenzon

Nice to know! I love black pepper!

35

Finally, license to indulge! Thank God for plants.

36
Tommy De Martino

And my family complains I used too much pepper from pasta to salads. Guess again!

37
Maria DeMartino

Well.... I guess I should try it too a little more moderate not like you that use tones. But good for you it keep you healthy......

38

for those of us who love black pepper, this is some kewl reading!

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