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Is Black Pepper Beneficial in Our Daily Life

Black Pepper

Black pepper (piper nigrum) is a flowering vine plant containing dried berries which are of red color.

These berries are unripe fruit and used as spice in all over the world. The peppercorns are round having size about 5mm are firstly taken from the plant and then leaved them for ripened and turn into black.

It is the king of all spices due to its qualities. Piperine present in black pepper is a bioactive compound contains natural alkaloid which gives pungent taste.

Black pepper is widely used as spice in Pakistan due to its health boosting qualities. It is used in every food as flavor enhancer.

As in human nutrition black pepper has great importance, it is used to prevent from many diseases.

Use of black pepper in human diet is necessary because it treat many diseases.

It is better to use rounded peppercorn instead of powder because there is the chances of adulterated spices in the name of black pepper powder.

Benefits of Black Pepper in Our Daily Life

It is highly use in our daily life as a spice and flavor enhancer, in addition to it, it is used as beneficial product in food.

1. As an Antioxidant

It has been used for years as a staple spice all over the world.

As a whole black pepper is beneficial in human diet as it has many role in daily life.

It acts as anti-oxidant fights with the cellular damaged which is caused by unstable molecule in the body.

These antioxidants present in the piperine compound of black pepper deal with the free radical or unstable molecule which occurs through poor diet or smoking. So it reduces health threatening effect.

2. Antibiotic Effect

It acts as antibiotic which helps to destroy or kill the harmful bacteria that are present in our throat and stomach during eating food.

The compounds present in black pepper have medical properties to kill germs.

 During COVID 19 its role become more acceptable in the diet because of immunity booster and helpful for throat pain so it is highly recommended in diet.

The doctors recommend that when you are in quarantine take soup having black pepper in it which helps to reduce the bacterial and viral infection in throat. It relieve throat pain and reduce mucous.

3. Role in Digestion

It has also great role in digestion of human body as it stimulates hydrochloric acid in stomach to improve digestion.

It also helps to prevent diseases like ulcer. Black pepper also maintain metabolism.

It helps to deal with flatulence discomfort and also have carminative properties to deal with gas build up gut or intestine.

Most of the doctors recommend black pepper to replace red pepper or chili in their diet because it has no side effects.

4. Boost Immune System

It has a major role in boosting immune system. Immune system helps to prevent disease caused by bacteria and viruses.

During COVID-19 the survival of a person depends on his immune system so it is highly recommended by the Nutritionist and Dietitians to add black pepper in their diet which has health boosting qualities.

Black pepper helps to boost white blood cells of human body to fight with disease causing pathogens.

5. Nutrients Absorption

As we eat food most of the nutrients are not absorbed by our body which makes intestinal discomfort.

It helps body to absorb nutrients like calcium and selenium. It makes sure availability of nutrient for the body to utilize it.

6. Maintain Blood Pressure

Today high blood pressure is common in our people. Black pepper helps to maintain the blood pressure of human body.

The compound piprine has quality to reduce high blood pressure.

Blood pressure becomes high due to high intake of salt so it suppresses the blood pressure.

Study show that the piperine when injected in rats, lead to reduction of blood pressure in them, so in addition to other foods, black pepper also has one of quality to reducing blood pressure.

7. Helpful in Inflammation

It is highly helpful in inflammation of the body because piperine help to reduce inflammation of body like in arthritis and diabetes etc.

Piperine is highly effective compound and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Research show that when these compounds when test on rats it give a good result of reducing inflammatory effect.

8. Role in Weight Loss

It has been seen that the beverages based on black pepper really helpful to reduce weight very fast.

Most of the people use these type of beverages for weight loss and the dietitians also recommend it because these help to fasten metabolic system and reduces appetite. So it has great role in weight loss.

9. Improve Brain Health

It contains compound which help to improve brain health as in aging there is degeneration of brain cells.

It improves memory of a person who suffer in Alizmer’s disease and Parkinson disease.

Piperine present in black pepper has nutritional benefits in daily life.

10. Fight Cancer

Piperine present in black pepper has quality to fight and prevent cancer.

It help to prevent body to make replication of cancerous cells. But it is hypothesis and not applied in human.

11. Bone Health

People worried about their bones specially women. Black pepper contains manganese which helps bones to prevent degeneration and osteoporosis.

It also help to relief arthritis and has nutritional value in diet.

As a nutritionist I will say that we have to use this miracle spice in our daily life and in every meal, it not only enhance our taste but also help us to prevent from many diseases because in natural food Allah Almighty also put a cure and the medicines are also produced from natural food so we have to add natural food in our life and eliminate processed food which can cause diseases.

Conclusion

Black pepper is a great product that has been used for years as a staple spice all over the world. As a whole it is beneficial in human diet as it has many role in daily life.

Written by Sidra Batool (BSc Hons) Institute of Food and Nutritional Sciences, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi.

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