Black Pepper Health Benefits
Black pepper health benefits may have something to do with why it is the most popular spice in the world! It does much more than add a unique depth of flavor to our food and drinks! There is an array of unique black pepper health benefits provided by this spice.
While most herbs and spices have different degrees of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, black pepper is different! Black pepper is actually used to treat obesity. Therefore, adding black pepper to your low carb diet will help promote weight loss, boost your metabolism, improve digestion, and the absorption of nutrients. It can even help you alleviate a cold or cough.
Black pepper is the fruit the Piper nigrum black pepper plant that is native to Asia. The black peppercorn is the whole semi-ripened fruit. Green peppercorn is the completely unripe fruit and white peppercorn is the seed after it has been peeled. Black pepper is a spice used for a variety of low carb food and drinks!
This post is actually a continuation for the – Chai Latte Health Benefits series. This spicy dried black pepper has medicinal properties. Biospirine is a popular black pepper extract that increases the absorption of dietary supplements and whole foods. Earlier, you learned that the health benefits of turmeric are captured best when used with a black pepper extract.
1. Facilitates Weight Loss
One of the first black pepper health benefits to discuss is its ability to improve weight loss. The outer aspect of the black pepper fruit facilitates the breakdown of fat. On a cellular level, fat is not just a glob of fat – it is composed of multiple parts. Therefore, when we eat black pepper on our food, it assists with the breakdown of fat into its different parts. Then, the broken-down parts of fat can be used to carry out normal body functions instead of being stored in the body as fat, which results in added weight.
2. Improves Digestion
When we eat, hydrochloric acid is released into the stomach to help kill food bacteria and start breaking down the food we have eaten (digestion). However, at times, the stomach does not release enough hydrochloric acid to do a good job of breaking down our food. And as a result, we may experience gas and bloating. Well, black pepper actually stimulates the release of hydrochloric acid! In this way, it improves the digestion of food and relieves gas and bloating.
3. Increase Nutrient Absorption
Just as a tree needs water to grow and produce fruit, we have chemical processes taking place in the body that rely on other vitamins, minerals and nutrients to carry out their role in the body. For example, a fat-soluble vitamin requires the presence of fat to be used and absorbed properly. Without fat, the vitamins may not be able to do what they are needed to do. Well, black pepper is a transporter that can improve the availability of different nutrients in the body.
4. Natural Antidepressant
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is important for mood regulation. Depression is associated with low serotonin levels. Piperine, a component of black pepper, acts like an antidepressant by increasing the production of serotonin.
5. Clears Respiratory Congestion
Another one of black pepper health benefits is that it can help relieve congestion. I am sure most of us have experienced a sneezing fit after walking into some black pepper dust floating in the air. You may have sneezed and sneezed, but afterwards you felt pretty good. Right? Then, if your low carb egg omelet that you left on the stove did not burn – it’s even better! Well – if this happened, black pepper has done its job of loosening the phlegm and mucous in our respiratory tract.
Black pepper is known as the “King of Spices” because it is antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Again, piperine is the effect agent in preventing inflammation. So, black pepper acts a little different than most anti-inflammatory medicines. According to Doctor’s Health Press, researchers found compounds derived from black pepper suppresses an inflammation-producing factor.
The health benefits of black pepper spice have been known since ancient times. Research shows that black pepper oils are antimicrobial making it an effective antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anticarcinogen.
Historically, black pepper has been used to prevent gangrene and treat a whole list of different kinds of problems. Some of these things include treating earaches, asthma, vision problems, vitiligo, and obesity! Clearly, there are many surprising health benefits of black pepper!