The black pepper plant is native to Kerala, which is a community in the southern part of India. The extract of the plant was first used as a spice, due to the piperine in the plant. Piperine is the compound in the plant that gives it the spicy flavoring. Later, it's medicinal properties were discovered, leading to it's use in treating illness. The plant can be grown anytime of the year, which helps meet the demand for this highly traded spice. Today, we have found that black pepper provides a number of health benefits.
Black pepper extract contains powerful antioxidants that attack the free radicals in your body. This helps fight off several kinds of diseases. Additionally, the piperine in the extract contains anti-tumor properties that have been found effective in fighting off tumors related to prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers. While research hasn't provided substantial evidence to support these claims, people still stand by the belief that it's an effective tumor-fighting agent.
Consumption of black pepper extract also promotes the release of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is essential for proper digestion. As the pepper causes a higher concentration of the acid, you may also experience a reduction in digestive problems, such as colic, constipation, and diarrhea. Sweating and urination are also increased by adding black pepper to the diet. This may help you lose weight.
More Weight Loss Benefits
The dried black pepper fruit is more commonly known as peppercorn. The outer layer of the peppercorn has a powerful effect in breaking down fat cells. Once the fat cells are broken down into smaller compounds, those compounds can be used to fuel various processes throughout the body. Rather than storing fat, black pepper helps the body use fat immediately.
Treats and Prevents Skin Conditions
Black pepper may possibly help alleviate vitiligo. While vitiligo affects the pigmentation of the skin, causing white blotches to appear, black pepper may correct the problem. Research done at the Oregon Health and Science University suggests the piperine in black pepper causes an increase in melanocyte pigmentation. In practice, black pepper topical ointment used in conjunction with UV light therapy proved more effective in treating the condition than traditional chemical solutions. The black pepper also counteracts the harmful aspects of UV light, which is responsible for causing skin cancer.
Black pepper works as an excellent decongestant, clearing out the sinuses and helping you breathe more easily. In Indian cultures, black pepper is added to a tonic to help treat coughing and congestion caused by the common cold. Additionally, the pepper acts as an expectorant, which works on breaking up phlegm and mucus in the respiratory system. This improves overall breathing even in healthy individuals.
Black pepper is a powerful spice in terms of its health benefits. While we do know a little about how it benefits the human body, we're only beginning to understand it's value. Over time, we'll continue to unlock it's true potential as a medicinal extract.
note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.