YOU and ground black pepper sounds like such a simple
everyday item in our diets but I think you need to know about:
Organic ground black pepper and its health benefits
The following is from organicfacts.net
They include relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, the
common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency,
muscular stains, dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart
Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the
Piperaceae family and s used as both a spice and a medicine.
The chemical piperine, which is present in black pepper, causes
the spiciness. It is native to Kerala, the southern state of India.
Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely
traded spices in the world. It is not considered a seasonal plant
and is, therefore, available throughout the year When dried, this
plant-derived spice is referred to as a peppercorn and is then
ground into a powder to be put on food to add flavor and spice.
Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is also used to
preserve food. It is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium,
Vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary fiber. Black pepper is also a very
good anti-inflammatory agent.
Good for the stomach
Cognitive impairment and neurological health
Asthma and whooping cough
Dr. Mercola has some good facts on black pepper:
Black pepper helps shore up the system with other minerals like
potassium for controlling the heart rate and blood pressure, and
calcium to strengthen your bones and teeth. Zinc, according to
studies promotes cell growth and is a stealth antioxidant,
protecting against free radical damage.
Black pepper contains essential oils like piperine, an ammonia-
derived alkaloid, which gives pepper its bold character and heat,
as well as the monoterpenes sabinene, pinene, terpinene,
limonene, and Mercene, which give this spice it aromatic
qualities. All combined, these oils in aromatherapy can help in
easing aching muscles chilblains, and arthritis, and have a
curative property for constipation and sluggish digestion.
Now the good part:
A study by the University of Michigan Cancer Center found that
black pepper was found to prevent the development of breast cancer
tumors. They found that the piperine content of black pepper
plays a key role in preventing cancers. When combined with
turmeric its anticancer properties are heightened.