Black Pepper

Pepper, Pepper Mill, Sharp, Benefit From

Is black pepper great for you? In truth, there isn’t any simple answer to this question. There have not been enough studies on black pepper to verify if it’s overall healthy and beneficial, detrimental, or neither. There are, however, plenty of suggestions concerning the benefits (and negatives) associated with black pepper. Listed below are a few of them:
Possible Advantages of Black Pepper:
· Improves digestion – just think, by grinding or shaking black pepper onto your meal, you may actually be helping yourself in the digestion of that meal. How? Black pepper stimulates the taste buds, alerting your gut to increase its hydrochloric acid secretion that aids in digestion.
· Alleviates loss of appetite – again, black pepper wakes up and stimulates your taste buds.
· Promotes sweating
· Promotes urination
· Anti-bacterial effect
· Anti-oxidant effect
· Stimulates the breakdown of fat cells
· Inhaling vapor from black pepper extract may reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking – this concept is still being tested…
· Piperine – an alkaloid found in black pepper – can improve the bioavailability of several nutritional substances and drugs. In Addition, it may have anti-carcinogenic properties and anticonvulsant
Possible Negative Effects of Black Pepper
· According to one study, black pepper can cause an increase in parietal secretion (of hydrochloric acid – the acid abovementioned as an aid to digestion) and pepsin secretion and a reduction in potassium.
· Also, there is an opportunity of mucosal mircrobleeding and even gastric bleeding due black pepper (due, at least in part, to the above-stated secretions).
· Piperine may actually be carcinogenic (although some studies show it is anti-carcinogenic…) and it may even have negative effects on sperm and interfere with reproductive processes.
All in all, it seems that more likely than not, black pepper has positive health benefits. But before you start loading black pepper onto every single meal, realize that there are possible negatives, as well (which may practically be said about most any food!)

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