What is Black Pepper?
Popular all round the world, black pepper (piper nigrum) is widely used as an adorable spice and medicine. In fact, it is often referred to as ‘black gold’ or ‘king of spice’ and is native to India where it is cultivated extensively.
It is also called gol mirch in Hindi, kaali or syaah mirch in Urdu, golmirich in Marathi, kurumilagu in Tamil, kurumulaku in Malayalam & alfilfil in Arabic.
The presence of a chemical substance which causes ground black pepper to get its spiciness is piperine. One of the black pepper side effects include sneezing that can go on for a while.
Uses of pepper or peppercorns as a food preservative due to its anti bacterial property are well known.
Get Health Benefits of Pepper
You may be surprised to know that black pepper is combined with similar healing foods and used as a home remedy to treat cough in the form of black pepper tea. The low calories in pepper have seen its use among dieticians increase manifold.
Here are some black pepper benefits:
- Black pepper is a rich source for vitamin C & K, iron, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. Black pepper has compounds that act as effective anti-inflammatory agent.
- A substance called curcumin in black pepper has antioxidant effects that increase cancer-fighting ability of this seed manifold.
- Besides curcumin, health benefits of pepper include its piperine content that helps increased absorption by the body of many nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin B & selenium.
- Black pepper oil helps you body get rid of excess unwanted fluids & promotes its elimination from your body. This is facilitated through sweating & urination.
- Uses of pepper include its consumption through daily diet to promote production of hydrochloric acid (digestive enzyme) that speeds up food digestion process in the intestines, which in turn prevents heartburn and constipation.
- Low amount of calories in pepper has made its use widespread among those on weight reduction diet.
- Piperine is thermogenic and is found in black pepper. Black pepper benefits include its thermogenic action that raises your body’s metabolism rate and helps burn increasing number of calories.
Nonetheless, besides all these benefits you should maintain due caution as overuse of this medicinal herb can cause black pepper side effects (sneezing) and is not advised for people having ulcers.