Black pepper- health benefits
Black pepper is not just a spice accompanying salt in your dining table. Black pepper gives great taste to your dishes and has a lot of health benefits too. Here are some of its health benefits.
Improves digestion: One of the most important attributes of black pepper is its ability to improve digestion. Black pepper actually stimulates the taste buds to notify the stomach to increase its secretion of hydrochloric acid thereby improving the digestion of food once it reaches your stomach.
Reduces intestinal gas: Black pepper provides a natural solution to the embarrassing problem of intestinal gas. The stimulation of hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach reduces the intestinal gas problems.
Antioxidant: The antioxidant property of black pepper prevents and curtails oxidative stress. Moreover, several of these compounds work indirectly by enhancing the action of other antioxidants. Black pepper also reduces the damage caused by a diet full of saturated fats which is found to be the main cause of oxidative stress. Black pepper also prevents bacterial growth in the intestinal tract.
Fights against cancer: Black pepper is effective against cancer. It counteracts the development of cancer directly. Its principal phytochemical, piperine, inhibits some of the pro-inflammatory cytokines that are produced by tumour cells. By doing this it interferes with the signalling mechanisms between cancer cells, thereby reducing the chances of tumour progression.
Hence, black pepper is not merely a spice. To prevent the risks of cancer, oxidative stress, and intestinal gas troubles and improve your digestion, all you need to do is add some amount of black pepper in your food.
Last edited by Oleks; Jul 11, 08 at 03:43.