Who would have known that a spice that graces everyone’s kitchen shelf was loaded with so many health benefits?
What exactly is Black pepper? First and foremost it is the fruit of a plant that bears the same name, this plant is part of the Piperaceae plant family and has been used for thousands of years as both a medicine and a spice. First found in Kerala, in southern India, its spiciness, caused by a chemical called piperine quickly made a popular addition to the dinner plate. For thousands of years, it has been a popular commodity for trade around the globe. This has been aided by the fact that can be grown and harvested all year round. Its most popular form is the humble peppercorn, which is formed by drying the fruit.
Pepper is a popular preservative due to its money antibacterial properties, its popularity in medicine is due in no small part to the fact that it is an efective anti-inflammatory agent. Even though it originated in South India, it is now cultivated in many other tropical regions too. There were times in history that the spice was so valuable that it was recognized as a legitimate currency by some states, Ancient Greece was one example. In recent years Vietnam has outstripped India as the leading producer of pepper, India, Indonesia, and Brazil are now lagging behind. This has only increased the spices worldwide popularity. With this in mind, this article will explore some more reasons why black pepper deserves a spot at the front of your spice shelf
2. It helps to prevent Cancer
Piperine a key ingredient in black pepper has been noted a cancer inhibitor and grows twice as effective when mixed with turmeric. The spice also produces antioxidants such as flavonoids, Vitamin C, carotenes, Vitamin A, to name a few, these aid in the removal of what are call free-radicals, these are known to cause cancer and other diseases. The most effective way to reap the rewards of Black Pepper is to eat the Black pepper on its own after it has been freshly ground.