Black pepper is one of the most popular and widely used spices in the world, but you might be surprised to know that it has also been used for centuries as a natural medicine. It has many health benefits that include helping with respiratory illnesses, coughs and colds, muscular strains, coronary heart disease, indigestion and stomach issues, impotency, and constipation among others. Many asthma sufferers report improvement in their conditions using this spice.
The black pepper that we use to spice our foods is derived from the Black Pepper plant, which is native to the southern part of India. It is grown year-round, so it is always readily available. It has strong antibacterial properties, which is the root of its use as a natural health remedy. In addition to this, its antibacterial properties make it a popular choice as a food preservative.
It is also rich in iron, potassium, manganese, vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber. It has been found to help increase the secretion of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach, which helps to improve digestion. This explains why it assists with indigestion and other issues related to digestion. It also helps to repair the mucosal lining of the stomach in the event of disease such as peptic ulcers.
It is an effective way to speed up weight loss, as it has a thermogenic effect on the body. What this means is, it can slightly increase the core temperature of the body temporarily after consumption, which increases metabolism. It has also been found to assist in the breakdown of brown fat cells in the body.
There is research that demonstrates black pepper’s ability to aid in respiratory conditions such as asthma because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to breakdown phlegm in the respiratory tract, and aids in both opening and draining the sinuses. Its antioxidant properties help to repair the damage our body sustains from free radicals found in both unhealthy foods and in toxins from the environment.
There is a particular compound found in pepper called Piperine, which has been linked to improvements in memory and cognition. In addition to all these health benefits, there is also more and more research coming out that shows it might be beneficial in killing cancer cells found in the body. While there is more research to needed in this area, the preliminary findings are encouraging. Given the many ways that this spice can be used in cooking, and the potential health benefits that it offers, it is something that you should consider using in many of the meals that you eat if you are not already doing so.
Dr. Chris is a Chiropractic Physician, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Certified Fitness Trainer. He is the author of Simply Wellness: Learning to Live a Wellness Based Lifestyle One Day at a Time and The Wellness Revolution: A Chiropractic and Natural Approach to Optimal Health available on Amazon. You can sign up for Dr. Chris’ newsletter at http://www.pranachiro.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pranachiro