By adding pepper to your meal, not only today’s lunch will be better-tasting, but you have done something good for your health. Pepper is a spice that only enhances the taste of the food – its numerous medicinal properties unfortunately little known to us.
The Latin name of this spice is pepper nigrum and represents more annual herb. Wooden evergreen Liana originally from tropical parts of India and Southeast Asia. The leaves of this herb have srceviden shape, and the fruit is fleshy. In fact they are balls that have lutkast flavor, we use diet as a spice, and sometimes they were used as medicine.
Pepper has a spicy flavor thanks to the alkaloids piperine, piperetin, piperacillin and havicin. White pepper contains about 2.5%, and green and black 4.8%. essential oils. About 50% of the grain consisting of density, 6% fat, flavonoids and glucose.
The health benefits of black pepper include relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, the common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart disease.
What Pepper Can Do for You?*
Sprinkle on this spice to calm a cold, detox your skin, and even help fight cancer.
A little pepper may go a long way with your health—it might even help ward off breast cancer. A chemical compound in peppercorns called piperine may be able to help prevent a breast cancer tumor from developing, a University of Michigan Cancer Center study suggests. Pepper’s potential cancer-preventing properties are heightened when it’s paired with turmeric; combine the two in a delicious Indian-style dish, such as yellow curry.
Are your favorite clothes starting to fade? Grab your pepper shaker! The spice may keep colors vibrant longer, says Karyn Siegel-Maier, author of The Naturally Clean Home. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of ground pepper per load, along with detergent, into your washing machine at the start of the wash cycle. It will drain away with the water, so there’s no extra cleanup.
All stuffed up? Pepper is a natural decongestant—it contains chemicals that irritate your mucus membranes, making them produce a thinner, more watery mucus (translation: giving you a runny nose) to help clear out your nasal passages, explains Neil Schachter, MD, a professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu. Just add a few pinches of pepper to a bowl of chicken soup—the perfect comfort food when you’re sick—and you’ll soon be breathing easier.
Black, white, and green peppercorns are all fruit of the same plant, so you can use them interchangeably. Their flavors differ: Black pepper is hot and pungent, white pepper is hot but less aromatic, and green pepper has a fresher flavor. Pick the one that suits your palate.