Black Pepper

Do you like to add a little kick to your food with black pepper? If you answered yes to this question…good news….black pepper carries many health benefits to your body.

Black peppercorns are dried berries from the Piper Nigrum vine. In the Ayurvedic medicine world, black pepper, known as the “king of spices” has many nutritional benefits.

This dried berry delivers a bit of heat and bold flavor to many foods…ie., salad dressings, veggies, meat, fish, eggs, soups and stir-fries to name a few. It goes very well with cumin, garlic and turmeric…which we know are very good for us. There is a hot beverage called “golden milk” made with pepper and turmeric which is very health promoting: “Golden Milk” is a great after dinner, pre-bedtime beverage made with 2 cups almond or coconut milk warmed up. Add to that 1/2 tablespoon of grated ginger, 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric, and 4 peppercorns. These ingredients together are an elixir for good health.

Pepper is rich in antioxidants that help to fight free-radicals in the cells of your body. The main ingredient in pepper, called “piperine” helps to fight these free-radicals, along with a good and balanced diet. This piperine is an aid in keeping inflammation down.

Piperine also contains anti-cancer properties. Studies are showing that piperine can slow the proliferation of breast, colon and prostate cancer.

Pepper helps to control blood sugar and metabolism. It can also help with keeping blood cholesterol in check. The outer layer of the peppercorn actually assists the body in breaking down fat cells so it aids in maintaining healthy weight. Ayurvedic tea made with black pepper is a good tea to drink for weight loss.

Now….here’s a biggie….piperine from pepper helped with symptoms linked to brain degeneration as in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The compound in the pepper helped to minimize amyloid plaque which is present in the brains of people with these brain conditions.

Black pepper helps promote healthy gut bacteria which is important, especially for those with chronic diseases and impaired immune function. That would be me with MS. Black pepper is back on my spice list that I include in my daily diet.

Pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach which, in turn, aids in digestion and helps the body absorb essential nutrients. Pepper helps the gut to cut down on intestinal gas and bloating.

In Ayurvedic medicine, pepper is used as a good tonic for fighting viral colds and cough, and providing relief from nasal congestion. The expectorant properties of pepper help to break up mucus in the respiratory tract hence helping to clear the virus causing the cold or flu in the first place.

Black pepper in your diet helps keep your arteries clean reducing atherosclerosis which causes strokes and heart attacks.

Start adding fresh ground organic black pepper to your diet. It’s going to compliment all of the other good things you do for your body.

A pinch of pepper on every meal will add to the taste and the digestion and improve your overall health and wellness.

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