Thought black pepper was just another spice to be put in your food? While it does add its unique flavour to the dish, it also has other benefits which you may not have known!
Benefiting Essential Oils
Pepper is composed of health benefiting essential oils such as piperine, which gives strong spicy pungent character to the pepper. It contains numerous monoterpenes hydrocarbons (organic compounds) which altogether gives aromatic property to the pepper.
Minerals And Anti-Oxidants
Black pepper contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. They are an excellent source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins. Pepper is also a good source of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A and flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants.
Increases Digestion Power
The active compounds in the pepper increase the gut motility as well as the digestion power by increasing gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions. It increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid, thereby enhancing the digestion process once food reaches your stomach. It has also been found that piperine can increase absorption of selenium, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, as well as other nutrients from the food.
Potassium, Manganese and Iron
Black pepper contains minerals like potassium, manganese and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production.
Effective Against Skin Diseases
Vitiligo is a skin disease that leads to some areas losing its normal pigment, thereby turning white. Black pepper has been proved to be an effective remedy for curing this problem by stimulating the skin to produce pigments. As such, black pepper also acts as a protective agent against the risk of skin cancer that can occur due to excess ultraviolet radiation.
Black pepper contains good anti-bacterial properties. Bacterial infections of the mouth, colon, digestive system, urinary tract and others are successfully treated with black pepper.
Known for its carminative properties (a substance that prevents the formation of gas) black pepper is great to relieve discomfort caused due to flatulence and colicky pain. Adding pepper to your meals instead of chili powder will help relieve flatulence.