Many of us may not know that there are incredible health benefits for black pepper including relief from common cold, coughs, indigestion, constipation, muscular strains, anemia, heart disease and diarrhea. Black pepper is from the Piperaceae family; it is not only used as a spice, but also as a medicine. Since long time ago, black pepper is one of the spices most widely traded in the world.
It is available throughout the year since it is not a seasonable plant. When black pepper plant is dried, it is referred to as peppercorn, then ground into powder and put on food as spice.
It is used to preserve food for its antibacterial properties. It is rich in iron, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C and it is also considered anti- inflammatory agent. Black pepper increases secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, therefore it is good for proper digestion, which is essential to avoid constipation and diarrhea.
Moreover, it helps prevent intestinal gas and it can promote urination and sweating which detox the body. Sweating cleans out the pores and removes toxins. As for urination, it removes urea, uric acid, fat and excess water.
Black pepper can help in losing weight and it increases your body overall functioning. It prevents colorectal cancer and different gastrointestinal conditions. It is a good carminative as it rids your body of gas in a downward healthy motion instead of pressing upwards dangerously straining your upper chest and vital organs.
Black pepper also helps cure vitiligo that is a skin disease causing some skin areas to turn white and lose its pigmentation. Researchers in London reveal that the piperine in pepper prompts the skin to produce pigment. Ultra violet light combined with piperine topical treatment is a much better therapy than other chemically- based treatments.