Black Pepper Health Benefits and Facts

The health benefits of black pepper (Piper nigrum) are significant and are still being investigated. Pepper is a native to tropical forests in Indonesia and comes from the peppercorn plant. Pepper is actually a berry but is often classified as a spice because of the way it is used in cooking. This plant, perennial climbing vine, requires the use of poles, to reach its full growth potential. It will not bear fruit as long as four years after planting. Most peppers are harvested when they are ripe and almost ready to turn red.

White pepper, are results of berries which are fully ripe, which then are impregnated to remove dark outer shell, showing white pepper seeds on the inside. Pepper is not only has become a popular spice that sits with the salt on the table, but there are many benefits to the health of pepper, which can be used.

Pepper’s digestive benefits are due to stimulation of taste receptors, which increases the amount of hydrochloric acid which is produced by stomach. This further improves the digestion after it has reached the stomach. This is one of the most remarkable qualities of pepper. Its increase in acid is effective in reducing the amount of gas in the stomach, reducing the uncomfortable side effect of passing the gas, with the prevention of constipation and heartburn. Due to its ability to kill bacteria in the stomach, it is believed that the pepper as an antibacterial agent.

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