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
3. Provides relief for the symptoms of coughs and colds
Black pepper has strong antibacterial properties and consequently helps to cure bronchitis and colds. Add some freshly ground pepper to a teaspoon of honey for the best results. This has also been known to provide relief for congestion in your chest. Another proven method to get the pepper into your lungs is to add it to hot water and eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam. Vitamin C in the pepper also acts as an antibiotic