Amazing Benefits of Black Pepper | Just for Fun Facts

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Black Pepper”?

Black pepper is a flowering vine cultivated for its fruits which is usually dried and used as a spice or seasoning. It is often described as the “king of spices”, as it shares a place on the table with salt and other dry spices.

Black pepper serves as an ingredient in recipes. It is added because the special flavour it adds to meat, fish, vegetables, salad dressing, soup, pasta, scrambled eggs, avocado toast, fruit and much more, some even add it in their tea. Weird, right?

Fun fact is that It loses flavour and aroma when exposed to light and through evaporation, so airtight storage helps preserve its spiciness longer.

History Of Black Pepper

In early historic times, black pepper became an important article of overland trade between India and Europe and often served as a medium of exchange but now mainly grown in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam as well as the West coast of India, known as Malabar, where it originated.

Health Benefits of Black Pepper

Black Pepper is an excellent source of vitamin, manganese, and a good source of calcium, iron and copper which contributes a lot of benefits to the body system. Here are some health benefits of black pepper:

  • Improves Nutrient Absorption:

Black pepper helps to improve the stomach’s ability to digest foods. It promotes intestinal health. Black pepper is a carminative ( a herb to prevent the formation of gas in the alimentary tract). It discourages intestinal gas from forming, and as a bonus, the outer layer of the pepper aids in the break-down of fat cells.

  • Enhances Digestion:

Black pepper activates the senses of the palate and enhances the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. By improving digestion, black pepper relieves issues like colic, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, and constipation. It also has antibacterial qualities that help treat intestinal diseases caused by bacteria.

  • Facilitates Weight Loss:

Black pepper also can help you lose weight. The outer layer of peppercorns (the fruit of the pepper plant) contains phytonutrients that encourage the breakdown of fat cells.

  • Fights Cancer and Prevents Other Diseases:

Black pepper has the qualities to fight cancer especially breast cancer. Its has content that protects against high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • Treatment Of Teeth and Gum Infections:

Since black pepper reduces pain and infections, it can also be used to reduce gum inflammation along with problems like bad breath and bleeding gums.

I know you are already thinking of how to cultivate the “king of species” as black pepper is commonly called. We would be sharing this in the next post. Stay tuned! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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