Natural healer: Black pepper

pepper

Black pepper

Pepper is one of the oldest spices known. Native to tropical Asia, the vine was traded along the spice route and used as currency. India, by the way, is the largest producer of pepper in the whole world.

WHAT MEDICINE SAYS

Pepper is rich in essential oils and the pungent piperidine alkaloids (derivatives of amino acids). It is an aromatic, warming herb that helps dispel intestinal gas, and promotes sweating and urination. It signals the stomach to increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid which is needed to digest food. This keeps food from sitting in the stomach too long and prevents conditions like irritation and flatulence.

Black pepper also has great anti-oxidant, antiinflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It enhances the body’s absorption of several micronutrients including beta-carotene, coenzyme Q-10 and EGCG (a powerful antiinflammatory anti-oxidant).

Ayurvedic medicine uses pepper seeds for nasal congestion and sinusitis. Sucking peppercorns relieves throat irritation caused by a dry cough.

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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One Response to Natural healer: Black pepper

  1. Amol March 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    You are doing good work. Keep it up. All the best.
    Amol

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