Is Black Pepper Good For Your Health?

How often do you cook with black pepper? If it’s buried in the back of your pantry, you might want to move it forward. Learn why you should add more black pepper in your cooking.

A Background on Black Pepper

Black pepper spice comes from the dry and unripe fruit of a plant in the Piperacae family. It was originally grown in South India, but today it can be found in tropical regions all over the world. Citizens of ancient Greece often used black pepper as a currency. Once the spice trade took off, black pepper became a common ingredient in cuisines throughout the world. The spice gives food a pop of flavor and also comes with many health benefits.

Why Is Black Pepper Good for You?

There are many ways in which black pepper is beneficial to your health. Learn about some of the most significant health benefits of sprinkling your food with black pepper.

1. Assists With Digestion Your body works hard to digest its food and sometimes it can use a helping hand. Black pepper can give your body the assistance it needs. The spice makes it easier for your digestive system to breakdown food. Additionally, it stimulates your stomach to secrete hydrochloric acid, which breaks down protein in your food. If you suffer from digestive issues, you could experience some relief by incorporating more of the spice in your diet.

2. Helps Fight the Common Cold Black pepper is an antibacterial agent. It contains vitamin C, which can help you fight off colds and other issues that affect your immune system. It is recommended that you take a spoonful of honey and sprinkle it with black pepper. You can dissolve this into tea or hot lemon water and drink it, or eat it straight from the spoon. You could also mix the spice with hot water and eucalyptus oil to create a 'steam' that you breathe in to help loosen chest congestion.

3. Helps With Weight loss The spice is excellent at extracting nutrients from food because it contains phytonutrients. Those phytonutrients help your body break down fat cells as well as increase your metabolism3. If you want proof, try eating a little fresh pepper. You probably will start to sweat! This is a result of the pepper’s ability to remove toxins and water from the food you eat. Moderation is key. Control your consumption and limit your intake to one pinch of pepper with each meal.

4. Supports Nutrient Absorption Medicinal herbs like turmeric become even more beneficial when you take it along with black pepper. Piperine, a substance found in black pepper, has been shown to improve the bioavailability of herbs and spices.

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