Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices in the world. It’s made by grinding peppercorns, which are dried berries from the vine Piper nigrum. Black pepper has been deemed the “king of spices” and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years due to its high concentration of potent, beneficial plant compounds. Black pepper is rich in a plant compound called piperine, which has been found to have potent antioxidant properties. Studies suggest that a diet high in antioxidants may help prevent or delay the damaging effects of free radicals.
Black pepper may increase the absorption of essential nutrients like calcium and selenium, as well some beneficial plant compounds, such as those found in green tea and turmeric. The makeup of your gut bacteria has been linked to immune function, mood, chronic diseases, and more. Preliminary research suggests that black pepper may increase the good bacteria in your gut.
- May be a natural pain reliever
- May promote healthy gut
- May boost the absorption of nutrients
- May help improve cholesterol levels