Black Pepper

Pepper, Peppercorns, Spices, Season

Is black pepper great for you? In truth, there isn’t any easy answer to this question. There haven’t been enough research on black pepper to verify if it is overall healthy and beneficial, detrimental, or neither. There are, however, plenty of suggestions as to the benefits (and negatives) associated with black pepper. Listed below are a few of them:
Possible Advantages of Black Pepper:
· Alleviates hemorrhoids
· Alleviates gas
· Improves digestion – just think, by grinding or tingling black pepper onto your meal, you might actually be aiding 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 – , black pepper pops up and stimulates your taste buds.
· 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 enhance the bioavailability of several nutritional substances and drugs. It also may have anti-carcinogenic properties and anticonvulsant
Possible Negative Effects of Black Pepper
· According to one study, black pepper may lead to an increase in parietal secretion (of hydrochloric acid – the acid abovementioned as an aid to digestion) and pepsin secretion and a loss in potassium.
· Additionally, there’s 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 that it is anti-carcinogenic…) and it might even have negative effects on sperm and interfere with reproductive processes.
Overall, it appears that more likely than not, black pepper has positive health benefits. But before you begin loading black pepper onto every single meal, realize that there are possible negatives, too (which may practically be said about most any food!)

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