This is not made up! Chances are that almost everyone has this in their kitchen shelf somewhere. The ‘King of Spices’ - Black Pepper.
It is one of the most commonly used spice worldwide which grows as a berry on the flowering vine Peppercorn. Originating from Southern Indian region, it is now being cultivated in various tropical regions around the world.
Apart from its widely known property of spicing dishes up, it has played an important role in ancient ayurvedic remedies. Ancient physicians used to recommend its consumption to relieve stomach aches and better digestion. With advancement in modern science, more of its benefits have been discovered. Today, Black Pepper Fruit extract is a part of many post-bodybuilding supplements.
What makes Black Pepper so healthy?
Black Pepper has an active chemical compound known as Piperine, which is a different kind of spicy than your regular chili peppers. Have a look at these 6 impactful benefits it has on your body:
- Improved digestion: Black pepper may increase the absorption of essential nutrients like calcium and selenium in your body. Sometimes known as ‘Bioenhancement’, which simply means that you can make more out of your daily food supply. Piperine present in Black Pepper when combined with other nutrients such as curcumin, prevents it to get absorbed by the liver and takes it to its extremities.
- Helps you lose weight: Piperine increases nutrient absorption is by increasing your metabolism by improving thermogenesis. This process essentially breaks down your fat cells and increases your internal temperature. In other words, it increases your metabolism.
- Helps you fight carcinogenic cells: Laboratory tests have showed that Piperine slowed down the replication of cancer cells. It also showed reversing of resistance in cancel cells from therapies.
- Improved pain resistance: A study in 2010 indicates that by slowing the reaction time of lymphocytes, Piperine may reduce inflammation and weaken transmission of pain receptors.
- Helps you cut cholesterol from your body: A study on rats found that a 42-day diet with Black Pepper had decreased the levels of LDL cholesterol. Additionally, black pepper and piperine are believed to boost the absorption of bodybuilding supplements.
- Improves your brain function: Piperine extract seems to have decreased the formation of amyloid plaques, which are dense clumps of damaging protein fragments in the brain that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Anything edible which comes from a plant is full of antioxidants, curbs inflammation, and fights cancer, so does Black Pepper. It's also high in minerals like manganese, zinc, magnesium, and iron, as well as Vitamin K.
How to consume Black Pepper
Black pepper is available crushed, ground, or as whole peppercorns. You can use any of these as per your preference in your daily cooking routines. Many bodybuilding supplement companies includes the extract of this spice in their products.
Who knew that something which makes you sneeze also helps you achieve your dream summer body!