Spice Rack Remedies
Healing Qualities of Black Pepper
Aside from salt, peppercorns are the most widely used seasoning in the world. It lends a spicy warmth to otherwise sometimes bland foods. Black pepper provides more than just flavour to foods mind you, it also offers several health benefits.
Black pepper is an excellent source of manganese which is necessary for over 300 chemical reactions in the body; and vitamin K which is essential for strong bones and maintaining healthy blood clotting.
Black pepper improves digestion by stimulating hydrochloric acid secretion, discourages intestinal gasses from forming, and promotes overall good intestinal health. Low hydrochloric acid production will slow digestion allowing food to sit in the stomach and intestines longer which leads to heartburn, indigestion, gas cramps and even diarrhea or constipation. Black pepper can also work as a diuretic, promoting urination and as a diaphoretic, which promotes sweating.
Peppercorns have been used for centuries for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial effects. They are a good source for vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoids; all compounds that help the body to remove free radicals and protect from cancers and other diseases.
Written by: J. Marshall
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• Food Facts presented by Dr. Mercola – http://foodfacts.mercola.com/black-pepper.html
• Nutrition and You – http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/black_pepper.html