About Black pepper
- Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning.
- Ground, dried, and cooked peppercorns have been used since antiquity, both for flavour and as a traditional medicine.
- It is the world’s most traded spice, and is one of the most common spices added to cuisines around the world.
- Its spiciness is due to the chemical compound piperine, which is a different kind of spicy from the capsaicin characteristic of chili peppers.
- It is ubiquitous in the Western world as a seasoning, and is often paired with salt and available on dining tables in shakers or mills.
- Piperine is considered a type of antioxidant that helps to lower the risk of chronic illnesses like atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and neurological conditions.
- It helps to stimulate hydrochloric acid in your stomach so you can better digest and absorb the foods you eat. It has carminative properties too, which help to reduce discomfort and gas buildup in your intestines.
- A strong immune system is important for helping you avoid illness, and this can help here as well. Its active compounds have a role in boosting white blood cells, which your body uses to fight off invading bacteria and viruses.
- It is a good source of manganese, a mineral that can help with bone health, wound healing, and metabolism.