Black Pepper

Black Pepper, Spice, Seeds, Seasonings

Is black pepper great for you? In truth, there isn’t any simple answer to this question. There have not been enough research on black pepper to confirm if it’s overall healthy and beneficial, detrimental, or neither. There are, however, plenty of suggestions concerning the advantages (and negatives) associated with black pepper. Here are a few of these:
Possible Advantages of Black Pepper:
· Alleviates hemorrhoids
· Alleviates gas
· Alleviates constipation
· Improves digestion – just think, by squeezing or tingling black pepper on your meal, you might actually be aiding yourself in the digestion of the meal. How? Black pepper stimulates the taste buds, alerting your stomach to increase its hydrochloric acid secretion that aids in digestion.
· Alleviates loss of appetite – again, black pepper wakes up and arouses your taste buds.
· Anti-bacterial effect
· Anti-oxidant effect
· Stimulates the breakdown of fat cells
· Inhaling vapor from black pepper extract can reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking – this theory is still being tested…
· Piperine – an alkaloid found in black pepper – could 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 at least one study, black pepper may cause 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 as well as 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 may even have adverse effects on sperm and interfere with reproductive procedures.
All in all, it seems that more likely than not, black pepper has positive health benefits. But before you begin loading black pepper onto each and every meal, realize that there are possible negatives, as well (which may practically be said about most any food!)

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