Black Pepper Health Benefits That Will Surprise You

We may have known black pepper as either an ingredient in cooking (as whole peppercorn or in powder form) or a condiment to add to some meals. Together with salt, it helps boost flavor in any food you cook or eat. However, unknown to most of us, black pepper is packed with various health benefits. 

Besides being rich in vitamins and minerals, black pepper not only stimulates your senses and taste buds but also brings positive effects to many systems in your body. In addition, it also boosts metabolism and both physical and psychological health. Is it any wonder why some refer to this versatile spice as the "Spice King"?

Here are the following health benefits of black pepper that will surprise you:

Used In Ayurvedic Medicine 

Black pepper is present in Ayurveda remedies because of its health benefits. Combined with substances such as castor oil or ghee (Indian clarified butter), this seasoning is used to stimulate appetite, to aid in breathing and as cough therapy. This makes sense because black pepper is native to India, where Ayurvedic medicine originated.

Good For Digestion 

Raw black pepper contains hydrochloric acid that aids in digestion in the stomach. Hydrochcloric acid itself can help clean your intestines and also reduces risk of other gastrointestinal disorders. So it is a good idea to add a pinch of black pepper to your food.


Black pepper actually contains more nutrients than you think. In fact, it contains a generous amount of vitamin A and is rich in vitamins C and K. Other nutrients present in black pepper include thiamine, vitamin B2, vitamin B9, calcium and copper.

Prevents Constipation 

If you have fewer than three stools weekly, then you may have constipation. Adding black pepper to your food every day should help solve this problem. Once consumed regularly, it can curb bowel cancer, constipation, nausea and other certain bacteria-linked disorders.

Helps In Weight Loss 

Black pepper helps you lose weight and can be added to green tea two to three times a day. Loaded with phytonutrients that contribute to the reduction of excess body fat, this wonderful spice also increases metabolism.

Prevents Cancer Of Any Sort 

When combined with turmeric, the spice is believed to prevent cancer. It can be consumed as milk combined with both ingredients. Turmeric- and black-pepper-infused milk is typically given to people with extreme cold. Black pepper is also composed of antioxidants, vitamin A and carotenoids, which all help prevent cancer and other deadly diseases.

Treats Skin 

The "King of Spices" is also said to prevent skin pigmentation. This condition is called white patches because it makes your skin appear white. There are many other medicines available on the market that help restore skin color but black pepper helps maintain your skin's original color and prevents skin pigmentation of any sort.

black pepper More than just a cooking ingredient or condiment, black pepper has a slew of health benefits that will surprise you. Rachel Benn / Pixabay

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