Not Just another Spice on the Rack: The Wonders of Black Pepper

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Not Just another Spice on the Rack: The Wonders of Black Pepper


Black pepper is considered the “King of Spices” throughout the world due to its pungent principle ingredient, piperine. Piperine is not only a flavour enhancer, but also has been found to be a natural remedy for many common ailments, and now it is being shown to help another super-spice, turmeric unlock its health benefits when combined together.

Many argue that the best dietary health supplements in the market today come from natural sources. There are a number of reasons for this determination including, safety and cost. This is part of what makes turmeric and black pepper one of the best combinations available. The two natural products have been combined in the supplement known as Bioperine™ which is famous for its properties.

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The supplement is made by extracting curcuminoids from turmeric, which are the most active agents when it comes to body healing properties. Curcuminoids help by reducing inflammation and well as boosting the body's immunity providing relief from various ailments, while boosting the immune system. Turmeric is however not as powerful as it is on its own which is where black pepper comes in.

Black pepper is a powerful agent when it comes to dealing with cancers thanks to the presence of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and flavonoids. It also is full of carotenoids among many other antioxidants. These work to reduce the toxic level of substances in the body which is among the leading cause of some cancers.

Pepper also stimulates digestion by stimulating the stomach walls to provide more hydrochloric acid which is the main ingredient needed to digest food. It is also known to be an effective remedy for colds and flu, because it is loaded with Vitamin C. Many take in extra pepper by adding it to honey or simply by swallowing peppercorns whole. Black pepper also aids in weight loss which is one of the reasons why it is one of the leading additives in most weight reduction supplements in the market.

The reason why black pepper is what it is today is due to a bioactive ingredient known as piperine. Piperine helps in all of the above-named processes and is also one of the main ingredients in Bioperine. Black pepper piperine is combined with turmeric to increase absorption in the body.

Turmeric is not as bioavailable in the body in its raw nature taking agents to get absorbed and work in the body and so piperine increases this ability by over 2000 times. This unbelievable ability makes supplements like curcumins readily available enabling the body to achieve optimal levels in a shorter time when it comes to absorbing important minerals.
Black pepper has also been found to be a powerful antidepressant and that is why this chef’s favorite in the kitchens is making piperine one of the most useful natural extracts today.

By  Maggie MartinEmbed

Author Bio -Maggie Martin is currently completing her Ph.D. in Cell Biology. When she is not busy at the university, she takes interest in a variety of things such as lifestyle, food, health, herbal medicine, and the benefits of turmeric. Follow her on Twitter @Maggiemartink.


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