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Benefits of Black Pepper

Updated: December 18, 2010 11:37 am

Pepper has been in use in India from the very ancient times. It was a much-prized trade goods and often referred to as “black gold” and used as a form of commodity money. Buddhist monks were allowed to carry pepper as one of the few medicines to carry with them. In modern world, pepper is most commonly found along with salt on the dinning tables around the world. Pepper powder is derived by grinding the pepper corns. And it is commonly referred to as pepper. Pepper is used as spice as well as medicine. Europeans use it as spice for their cuisines most commonly. The spiciness of the black pepper is due to its chemical piperine. It is usually used as spice and for seasoning. Let us know how it helps us keep ourselves healthy.

Dust Allergy: Add 10 pepper pods, 10 tulsi (basil) leaves and 10gms ginger to a cup of water and simmer till the water is reduced to half cup. Now add little jiggery or honey to it and drink twice daily and do not eat food till half-an-hour after taking this solution. This will keep you away from dust allergy prone colds, sneezing and cough etc.

Throat irritation and cough: Roast 100gm of pepper and make fine powder. Add 150gm of sugarcandy powder (misri) and 3 to 4 tablespoons of pure ghee to it, mix it like dough. Now make chana size round tablets and let them dry in shade. After drying store them in a bottle and take one in the morning and one in the evening to get relief from throat-related problems.

Purify the blood: Take 100gm of pepper and 100gm of pure ghee. Heat the ghee and splitter the pepper in the ghee and after cooling take out the pepper and store the ghee in a bottle. Daily take one spoon ghee with your food to purify the blood and for good circulation of blood in the body.

Nausea: Roast 100gm black pepper, make powder and add little honey to make fine paste and store it. Take half spoon twice daily. Pepper calms nausea and raises body temperature, making it valuable for treating fevers and chills.

Asthma: Asthmatics can sprinkle some pepper on their breakfast omelets.

Constipation: The decoction of black pepper gives relief to those suffering from constipation.

Toothache: Daily use of a pinch of pepper powder and quarter teaspoon of common salt prevents dental cavities, foul breath, bleeding from gums, painful gums and toothaches. A pinch of pepper powder mixed with clove oil can be put on the cavities to alleviate the toothache.

Oral abscesses: By applying pepper powder oral abscesses can be reduced.

nIt has been shown that due to the chemical piperine present in it can dramatically increase the absorption of selenium, vitamin B, beta-carotene and circumin as well as other nutrients.

nPepper contains small amounts of safrole, a mildly-carcinogenic compound. It is best eliminated from the diet of patients having abdominal surgery and ulsers because of its irritating effect upon the intestines. These patients should have a bland diet. However when compared to chilli, black pepper is said to have properties of antioxidant and anti-carcenogenic effects.

nPiperine present in black pepper acts as thermogenic compound and enhances the thermogenesis of lipid and accelerates energy metabolism in the body and also increases the serotonin and beta-endorphin production in the brain.

Pepper is best purchased whole and grind at home before using it as it gives good aroma and flavour. It is easy to grind at home in a pepper mill or grinder. You can keep yourself fit throughout the winter by adding little pepper to your soup, rasam, juice or salad.

 By N Suguna

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