Black pepper or kali mirch (in Hindi) is extremely beneficial for health. Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices worldwide. It has a sharp and mildly spicy flavor that goes well with many dishes. But black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple. It has been deemed the “king of spices” and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years due to its high concentration of potent, beneficial plant compounds. It’s very useful in relieving nasal and throat congestion increases metabolism so aids in weight loss, good for digestion and nutrient absorption, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and loaded with anti-oxidants, prevents gas formation and accumulation of fat in the body.
• Black pepper is rich in a potent antioxidant called piperine, which may help prevent free radical damage to your cells.
• Peppercorns contain an impressive list of plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties. Black peppers have been in use since centuries for their anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent properties.
• Black pepper extract may improve blood sugar control, but more research is needed.
• Black peppercorns contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production.
• They are also an excellent source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as Pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin.
• Peppercorns are a good source of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A. They are also rich in flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants like carotenes, cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lycopene. These compounds help the body remove harmful free radicals and help protect from cancers and diseases.