Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both, spice and a medicine. The chemical piperine, present in black pepper, causes the spiciness. Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely-traded spices in the world.
Black pepper is a great source for minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B6, K and E, thiamin, folate, and riboflavin as well as having a high content of dietary fiber and moderate amounts of protein and carbohydrates, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database.
The antioxidants in pepper can prevent or repair the damage caused by free radicals and help prevent many diseases. According to a review study of various spices, pepperine found in black pepper exhibits anti-tumor activity for a few types of cancer – they include breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer.
Piperine, one of the key components of black pepper, has been shown in numerous studies to reduce memory impairment and cognitive malfunction. The chemical pathways in the brain appear to be stimulated by this organic compound, so early research demonstrates the possibility of pepper to benefit Alzheimer’s patients and those suffering other age-related or free radical-related malfunctions in cognition.
Research suggests that black pepper helps in transporting the benefits of other herbs and compounds to different parts of the body, thus maximizing the efficiency of the other foods we consume.
Consumption of pepper increases the hydrochloric acid, which can treat infections in the digestive system, and gives relief from cramps, and spasm… in the stomach. Proper digestion is essential to avoid intestinal issues including diarrhea, constipation, and colic.
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