Black Pepper (Kali mirch) is native to south India and is used as spice in India since pre-historic time. Peppercorns, also known as “black gold” was a much-sought after trade good of Ancient India and was part of the famous and lucrative spice export from India. Pepper is extensively used in Indian cuisine and it also packs good health benefits. Let’s find out some of its health benefits.
Good for stomach: Black pepper helps to improve digestion and promote intestinal Health. It stimulates the taste buds and in turn signals the stomach to increase its secretion of hydrochloric acid thereby improving the digestion of food once it reaches your stomach. It also prevents bacterial growth in the intestinal tract.
Reduces intestinal gas: Black pepper provides a natural solution to the embarrassing problem of intestinal gas. The stimulation of hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach reduces the intestinal gas problems.
Good antioxidant: Black pepper is proven to be a good antioxidant and has antibacterial effects. It also helps to reduce the damage caused by a diet full of saturated fats.
Helps loose weight: The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.
Relieves gum inflammation: Finely powdered pepper and salt is massaged over the gums to relieve inflammation. Black pepper is also used along with other natural ingredients like green guava peel, alum and black salt, to cure gum bleeding (gingivitis)
Relief for whooping cough, cold and asthma: To relieve from colds, pepper made into a “rasam” with tamarind is a popular remedy. Combination of onion juice, black pepper and honey is an effective home remedy for asthma patients and one of the most effective Ayurveda asthma cure. Black pepper is also used in various other home remedy preparations.
Black pepper is diaphoretic (promotes sweating). Black pepper induces sweating, which consequently cools down the body and relieves feverish symptoms.
It has diuretic (promotes urination) properties. It induces urination, which is good when the kidneys are not functioning properly.
Black pepper is a good source of manganese and iron. Manganese helps to ensure healthy bone structure, bone metabolism and helping in building essential enzymes for building bones and also to regulate thyroid functions. While Iron is necessary for the production of Hemoglobin.
When foods are eaten with black pepper, the body is able to absorb valuable vitamins and nutrients from the food much easier.
It stimulates the appetite and has been used to treat anorexics and people with eating disorders.
Precaution: Though pepper holds good health benefits, it should only be taken in moderate levels. As we always stress, every body is unique and if you have any health related problems, do consult your physician. Also, do note pepper may cause sneezing. Patients who’ve undergone abdominal surgery should not take pepper added diet because pepper has an irritating effect on the intestines. People suffering from ulcer are not advised to consume pepper, do consult your doctor.