We mostly add black pepper in our cooking in whole form or in powder form. This small spice has a number of health benefits also. It is a source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K and dietary fiber
The health benefits of black pepper include the following:
• Good for stomach:
Black Pepper increases secretion of hydrochloric acid in stomach which helps digestion. Pepper also helps to prevent formation of intestinal gas.
• Helps to reduce weight:
The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells so peppery foods are a good way to help you reduce weight.
• Good for skin:
Pepper helps to cure skin disease Vitiligo, that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigment and turn white. According to researchs , Piperine ,which is present in pepper, can stimulate the skin to produce pigment.
• Relief for cough and cold:
In Ayurveda pepper is added in tonics for cold and cough. You can make a herbal tea, by adding whole black pepper, clove, ginger, tulsi leaves, and tea leaves. Cook till water will remain half. Add little milk and sugar. It is really useful in cough and cold.
• Black pepper improves dental health
Pepper helps fight tooth decay and provides relief from toothache.
• Bioavailability enhancement
Piperine increases the bioavailability of valuable phytochemicals present in other spices and can boost the activity of biochemically active compounds contained in green tea, curcumin and a variety of other spices by up to several hundred percent, depending on the molecule concerned.
Black pepper may be consumed safely in moderate quantities. Adding pepper, along with other potent medicinal spices like turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, cinnamon and ginger is a great natural way to enhance overall body health.
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