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Health Benefits of Black Pepper – Piper Nigrum

What is Black Pepper?

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is an annual vine that belongs to the family Piperaceae. The dry fruits of Black pepper are ground and used as a spice worldwide. Black pepper has antioxidant, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory properties

Why is Black Pepper so Good for You?

Black Pepper fruits

Black pepper is a spice that is derived from the dried fruit of the plant, Piper nigrum. The fruit has a long history of use in both cooking and medicine. The pepper is produced by grinding the pepper berries and then sieving out the seeds and stem fragments. Black pepper contains piperine, which gives it its distinctive taste and its medicinal properties.

The health benefits of black pepper are well known, but there are also some lesser-known uses for this spice. Black pepper can be used to treat nausea or vomiting as well as stomach aches or indigestion. It is also used to relieve cold symptoms like congestion or a sore throat by loosening up mucus so it can be more easily expelled from your body.

Black Pepper Side Effects and Warnings.

The side effects of black pepper include but are not limited to:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Flushing and rash Redness in the face
  • Burning sensations over the surface of the tongue
  • Too much of it can lead to gastrointestinal side effects

Packed with good stuff

Black pepper is one of the most popular spices in the world, and it is used in many different dishes. This spice is very rich in Potassium as well as other beneficial elements including zinc, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, Vitamins A & K, lutein, etc.

This pepper has a lot of health benefits that make it worth using in your diet. It can help relieve your pain and inflammation, as well as help you lose weight. You can also use black pepper to reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. These are just a few reasons why black pepper should always be on your table.

Some other benefits and uses

Black pepper has been used as a spice for thousands of years and it has been used in many different cultures as a remedy for:

  • Epilepsy
  • Lung diseases
  • Joint pain
  • Gangrene
  • Heart diseases
  • Indigestion
  • Insect bites
  • Liver disorders
  • Tooth decay
  • Earache
  • Constipation
  • Sunburn
  • Oral abscesses
  • Abdominal tumors
  • Boost brain function

Fred Oduro

Fred has a wealth of experience in Operations management, food Safety and Quality management systems. He has profound interest in African history, African cultures and ultimately, African spirituality. Fred is an ardent advocate of African traditional medicine.

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  1. Awuah

    (Esuro wisa) : a very common spice our mothers use , but i never knew the benefits were this huge. Nature is really there to serve mankind

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