Pepper and salt can be found in almost every kitchen in the world. This spice once had a special purpose in Ancient Greece. The Greek people used black pepper as a currency and an offering to the gods. The spice was also popular in southern Arabia. Today, black pepper is a commonly used spice that tastes great and has tons of health benefits. This article aims to uncover the many health benefits black pepper powder has – perhaps helping explain why it was such a wonder spice in times past.
Benefits of Black Pepper Powder
You can find black pepper at your local grocery store — usually either crushed or in a powder form, although you may also purchase black pepper in its natural pellet form. For certain applications, this wonder spice can be found in an essential oil or as a supplement.
Here are several ways to incorporate black pepper into your life and the associated health benefits that you may experience:
Black Pepper with Hot Water Benefits
Black pepper water is probably the easiest recipe you’ll find. Start by boiling several black peppercorns in one cup of water.
Once the color of the water starts to change, you’ll know it’s time to take a sip. Adding this miracle drink into your daily diet will help detoxify your system, provide you with essential antioxidants, boost your metabolism (think weight loss), promote healthy digestion, and even help you stay hydrated.
Tea Time: Black Pepper and Honey Tea
Tea with black pepper is a traditional Chinese and New England folk medicine.
There are many benefits of black pepper and honey. You can naturally relieve a cough and improve mucus flow when you are sick by sipping on a cup of black pepper tea with honey.
Don’t Forget to Add Black Pepper
A study conducted in 2012, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, revealed black pepper could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
In the study, dogs received a supplement that contained black pepper and results displayed an improvement in their spatial attention.
Spice Up your Meals with Crushed Black Pepper
Skip the TUMS and Alka Seltzer and begin enjoying healthy digestion once more. You can promote stomach acid secretion by adding pepper to your meal.
The stomach acid will help you to break down food and relieve possible indigestion symptoms such as bloating and gas.
Enjoy a Pepper Essential Oil Rub
Black pepper essential oil can also come in handy when you have sore or tense muscles since it helps to improve circulation. Massage the oil into the affected area by itself or with coconut oil to create a salve.
Mood Boosting Pepper Nutrition Facts
An organic compound called piperine is found in black pepper.
This compound can help your body retain more serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter. According to the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, this makes black pepper a useful treatment for some mood disorders.
Black pepper powder has so much value – much more than what we pay for it at our local grocery store. By adding this traditional spice into your daily diet, you will begin to experience the wide array of health benefits it has to offer.
Sources: [Healthline, Reader’s Digest, University of Kentucky, WebMD, Women’s Brain Health Initiative]