Black Pepper Is The World’s Most Popular Spice
Black pepper grows on a smooth woody vine that can grow up to 33 ft or 10 m long in hot and humid tropical climates.
And the vine begins to bear small white clustered flowers after 3 to 4 years and then develops into berries known as peppercorns.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Black Pepper?
Black peppercorns are a very good source of many anti-oxidant vitamins including vitamin C and vitamin A.
And they also an excellent source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as Pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin.
They are also rich in flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lycopene.
And those those are important compounds that help the body remove harmful free radicals, and also help protect it from cancers and other diseases.
Digestion And Anti-Flatulence
Pepper plants have been in use since ancient times because of their anti-inflammatory, and anti-flatulent properties.
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) stimulates the taste buds, which in turn causes an alert to be sent to to the stomach, telling it to increase hydrochloric acid secretion.
And hydrochloric acid is necessary for the digestion of proteins, and other foods in the stomach.
When food sits in the stomach for an extended period of time, it leads to heartburn or indigestion.
Or even worse, it may pass into the intestines, where it then becomes a very unfriendly gut bacteria.
And that nasty gut bacteria, then produces gas, irritation, and either diarrhea or constipation.
* Heartburn is an unpleasant condition that occurs when acid from the stomach leaks into the oesophagus and rises upwards to cause pain and discomfort in the chest.
* Indigestion is a general term for pain or discomfort felt in the stomach and under the ribs., and is often triggered by eating or drinking things that make the stomach produce large amounts of acid.
Black Pepper Is A Diuretic
Black pepper encourages our bodies to sweat and get rid of harmful toxins.
Alzeimer’s – Nicotine Withdrawal And Post Stroke Benefits
Recent laboratory studies indicate that black pepper may also aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
And in other clinical trials, inhalation of black pepper oil lessened the withdrawal symptoms of cigarette smoking, and aided the ability to swallow, in post-stroke patients.
Congestion Or A Chest Cold?
If you have a chest cold or are suffering from congestion then try adding some. or more, black pepper to your diet.
And for an even better and faster effect, add it to a strong, steaming hot cup of mint tea.
If you cut yourself, sprinkle black Pepper on the wound and it will help stop the bleeding.
And what’s more its antibacterial properties will also promote healing and kill germs.
How To Buy And Store Black Pepper
Only ever buy whole peppercorns and not the powder, because not only is the taste of pre-powdered pepper very inferior, but the powders have often been adulterated by other spices.
Peppercorns can be stored at room temperature for many years, and home milled peppers can be successfully kept in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Pre-powdered pepper should be stored in the refrigerator in airtight containers!
The Difference Between Black And White Pepper
Black pepper and white pepper are both made from the Piper nigrum plant.
Black pepper is the result of grinding the whole seed, whereas white pepper is ground from dried, ripe seeds that have had the outer layer removed.