Black pepper isn’t just limited to cooking but also one among the widely used spices in the world.
Black pepper benefits itself in adding the spiciness to cooking and just by sprinkling and garnishing some amount of pepper will make the salad look more tastier.
Just a pinch of black pepper in any dish can do wonders.
What are peppercorns or black pepper?
Black peppercorns are the unripe, dried fruits which belong to the family of Piperaceae cultivated for its fruits – Peppercorn.
This spice is dried and then ground into the powdered texture which will be used in cooking. It’s well-known as “The King of Spice” and “Black Gold”.
These are grown in India and other tropical Asian countries. Black pepper is grown in South-Indian states like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu in a large-scale. Vietnam is the largest producer and exporter of black pepper in the world.
The largest globally traded spice is black pepper. Oil prepared from black pepper is used in preparation of medicines in Ayurveda.
Pro Tip: Did you know? Black pepper was so expensive that it was used as a currency by ancient Greeks.
What are the benefits of black pepper?
Black pepper is the most popular spice used all over the world by chefs and home cooks. Earthy aroma from this spice can turn your dish into flavorful and lip smacking.
Spice box is incomplete in Indian kitchens without this ingredient. Spice up your diet with some of the amazing black pepper benefits for the human body.
This spice has much more benefits towards health when it’s intaken inside the body.
Peppercorns work well and help in curing bacterial infection, arthritis, stomach upset, menstrual pain, asthma, sinus, gastric, cancer, sore nose, optimize and much more.
1) Black pepper for weight loss
Black pepper contains a compound to enhance metabolic performance and suppress the extra fat from the body called piperine. It also helps to strengthen your immune system.
Adding black pepper to your tea, juice or salads will speedily aid weight loss. Mornings are the best time to consume these.
2) Will Improve Digestion
Consuming raw black pepper produces hydrochloric acid in the stomach which is the key for digestion. Black pepper eliminates the impurities and toxins from the body through urination and sweating from pores.
3) Boosts brain function and fights against depression
The component piperine, present in black pepper, helps to improve brain functions. Chewing this spice will literally change your mood for the better.
So next time when you feel depressed or sad, take some black pepper and start chewing it to calm your mind.
4) Black pepper benefits for skin
Black pepper benefits in curing common skin problems like premature aging, wrinkles, patchy skin, dark spots, acne. Adding this spice in your daily diet and consuming it as cooked or raw both will be well enough in treating your body and restoring your skin.
Applying some amount of black pepper along with yogurt on face will help to exfoliate the skin and promote blood circulation.
5) Cancer preventer
This widely consumed spice has an alkaloid constituent called piperine, influences the strong anti-tumor activities in a variety of cancers. It’s said that drinking milk mixed with black pepper and turmeric will prevent the cancer.
Black gold consists of antioxidants, vitamin A helps to cure cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
6) Anti-inflammatory agent
Components present in black pepper – piperine – reduces and heals the severe inflammation. It is considered as an antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory.
7) Optimize your eye health
Black pepper is the rich source of potassium. People suffering from a condition like hypokalaemia, tend to have blurry hazed vision. Because of the anti-inflammatory agents present in this spice, it helps in reducing the swelling of eyes.
The king of spice possesses the properties like antibacterial, antioxidant, immune boosting which helps in stronger and healthier eye sights. Black pepper benefits for eyes are tremendous.
8) Black pepper benefits for hair
Have you ever thought that black pepper has a benefit when it comes to hair?. Because I never thought of this. When I did some research on this I was surprised to know the black pepper benefits for hair.
Black pepper is rich in antioxidants, carotenoids, Vitamin A & C. This means it has the amazing dandruff fighting and growth restoring abilities. Constant use of black pepper on the scalp, decreases shedding and strengthens the hair follicle.
How to use
- You can use some crushed black pepper mixed with curd and apply it on your scalp. Then you can wash off after 30 minutes.
- Use a pinch of crushed black pepper mixed with lime and apply on hair. Then you can wash off after 30 minutes. This results in shiny and smooth hair.
9) Joint pain relief
If you are suffering from severe pain, redness and swelling in joints then you can opt for black pepper as it has the medicinal property to solve your problem. The global spice used for the people suffering from spinal and joint pain.
Next time when you look for some pills for joint pain relief, find yourself comfortable in using this amazing well known spice from your kitchen.
10) Cure for cold and cough
I do remember even now, when I feel some irritation in my throat or get a cold or cough, my mom will be ready with the kadha (homemade decoction) which has spices like turmeric and black pepper.
You can add a pinch of black pepper in your tea or add a pinch of turmeric and black pepper in hot milk to get all the essential nutrients and vitamins present. To get rid of chest congestion, add black pepper and eucalyptus oil in hot water and inhale this steam.
As you have seen some black pepper benefits, let’s check some of the frequently asked questions which you might also have in your mind.
1) How to prepare black pepper powder?
To prepare fresh black pepper powder you just need only one ingredient. And that is Black pepper. Here are the easy steps to prepare.
Step1: Put peppercorns in the frying pan and dry roast them
Step2: Fry it till it gets toasted
Step3: Switch of the heat and cool it completely
Step4: Grind it till it turns rough
Step5: Store it in a jar or container to use it day-to-day.
2) What are the possible side effects of black pepper?
Black pepper comes with a large amount of merits for the human body. But taking them in large quantities, may cause
- stomach burns
- death on entering the lungs
- complication in pregnant and irritation to breast-feeding women
- affect in blood sugar level for diabetic patients
After using ground pepper, washing hands is a preliminary advice before you touch your face. As it causes the burning sensation if it accidentally enters your eyes.
3) What are the differences between black pepper and white pepper?
Both white peppers and black peppers come from the same plant. It is differentiated on how they are picked and processed.
White peppers are harvested when the ripe berries are picked, soaked in water and then the outer skin layer is removed. These peppercorns provide more heat compared to black peppers.
On the other hand, black peppercorns are unripe berries from the same plant which are dried until they form the roasted black outer layer. These peppers are musty and earthy in flavor. Black pepper has a longer life compared to white peppers.
Black pepper is called an adaptable spice which tries to fit in your health in one way or another. Adding a pinch of this spice in your food will not just make your food delicious but also helps in boosting your immunity. It’s said to have lots of health benefits which are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. So spice up your dish and health with some sprinkles of black pepper.