Black Pepper – The King of Spices

Black pepper is extracted from the Piper Nigrum Plant. The Black Pepper is native to South-east Asia. Throughout History back peppercorns were highly regarded, in Middle aged England, black peppercorns had greater worth than silver. Black Pepper was also buried in Pharaoh’s Tombs to carry with them through the after life. Black Pepper is nicknamed “King of the Spices” because of its popularity in the culinary world. It accounts for up to 20% of the profit made from the world’s spice market.

Pepper can come in green, red, while and black variety. The strong pungent flavour of Black Pepper is because of its content of active compound peperine.

Here area few health benefits of black pepper :

  • It is rich in Vitamins A and C. It is also packed full of Antioxidants such as Carotenes, Lycopene and Xanthines.
  • It encourages the absorption of turmeric.
  • It promoted healthy digestion.
  • It stimulates taste buds in the cephalic phase (chewing), this encourages the production of gastric acid for efficient and enhanced digestion.
  • It promotes sweating and urination which can increase toxin removal from the body.
  • It helps detox the liver, removing toxins and promoting general hepatic health.
  • It encourages micro-vascular circulation in the small capillaries surrounding the liver.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. francisashis says:

    Really it’s medicinal values can’t be ignored.Thank you very much for sharing the benefits of consuming Black Pepper.Take care.πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ™

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you Francis. I am glad you liked the post. You might not want to believe this, but black pepper is brilliant when it comes to extracting nutrients from food. And it’s outermost layer contains phytonutrients, which helps to break down fat cells, and also increases metabolism. If you eat fresh pepper, and begin to perspire, that’s the pepper helping your body to get rid of excess water and toxins. But you need to control consumption – a pinch with your food (one meal) is enough.

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      1. francisashis says:

        Wow!Thank you very much for the lovely tip for removing toxins.πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ™

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      2. GS says:

        Most welcome!!

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  2. Ab says:

    Love this post and learning more about peppers. We often take this spice for granted as it’s so ubiquitous but it really adds a lot to the flavor. And peppercorns are even better. In North America, there is a brand of potato chips called Kettle Chips and they have a great flavor called black peppercorn and sea salt. So so good.

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    1. GS says:

      Black pepper is antibacterial in nature, and therefore helps to cure cold and cough. A teaspoon of honey with freshly crushed pepper does the trick. It also helps to alleviate chest congestion, often caused due to pollution, flu, or a viral infection. You can add it to hot water and eucalyptus oil and take steam. And given that black pepper is rich in Vitamin C, it also works as a good antibiotic.

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  3. Zlatko says:

    It’s sad when you often hear that advice: avoid spicy food! In fact good spices such as black pepper are very beneficial!

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    1. GS says:

      The next time you relegate black pepper to the back of your shelf, think twice. The humble spice holds more benefits than you’d imagine. It belongs to the Piperaceae family, and is processed in different ways to yield different kinds of peppers. For instance, the cooked and dried unripe fruit is black pepper, the green pepper is from the dried and unripe fruit, and white pepper are the seeds from the ripened fruit of the plant. While pepper originally belongs to South India, it’s grown in other tropical countries as well. It’s played a vital role in history, and has been considered as an important spice from time immemorial. In ancient Greece, it was also used as currency. In later years, it became pivotal in the spice trade across the world.

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  4. I really enjoy using ground peppercorns as my primary seasoning. I appreciate your list of health benefits.

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    1. GS says:

      I am glad you found the post helpful and informative. Black pepper is rich in a plant compound called piperine, which test-tube studies have found to have potent antioxidant properties. Studies suggest that a diet high in antioxidants may help prevent or delay the damaging effects of free radicals.

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      1. Thanks for sharing more. Peace be with you.

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      2. GS says:

        Thank you!!

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog.

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  5. clcouch123 says:

    I’m happy to hear that black pepper is good for you, because I’ve been enjoying it more and more. After heart surgery, I was told to avoid salt in food. One thing that happened as a result was my trying other spices, my favorite so far being black pepper. I had it on a tomato sandwich the other day, and everything was tasty. Thank you for contributing to a win-win.

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    1. GS says:

      Ah yes it is good for the heart. These are a particularly good choice for heart health as they are full of lycopene, which is not found in green peppers. They are also a source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and powerful antioxidant vitamins A and C, which are good for heart health

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  6. Great, I had no idea about any of this. So insightful

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    1. GS says:

      Ah its a wonderful spice, multiple benefits. Glad you found the post informative.

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  7. Love this post. Very informative

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    1. GS says:

      Black pepper and its active compound piperine may have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Laboratory studies suggest that black pepper may improve cholesterol levels, blood sugar control, and brain and gut health.

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