Natural healer: Black pepper

Natural healer: Black 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.


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.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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