Proper seasoning doesn’t just add to taste but carries a lot of benefits. There are certain foods, especially spices, that are known to be therapeutic in nature. Black pepper or black peppercorn is one of them. Just a pinch of it manages to bring out the essence of the food item while also adding numerous health benefits to the dish.
And you will be glad to know that if you are on a weight loss journey then black peppercorn can be a true friend!
From Ayurveda to our grandmothers, everyone has been a black pepper fan. To understand the real deal behind it, we got in touch with dietician Garima to demystify the science behind kaali mirchi.
Here are the six health benefits that you can reap from eating black pepper
1. It is great for digestion
According to experts, consuming raw black pepper releases hydrochloric acid in the stomach and thus, aids digestion. Hydrochloric acid helps with keeping your intestines clean and contributes to resolving other gastrointestinal disorders. This process also clears your gut of toxins and makes sure issues like acidity stay away from you.
2. It boosts immunity
Black pepper is rich in vitamins and minerals which are of paramount importance when it comes to immunity. It contains a generous quantity of vitamin A and is rich in vitamins C and K as well. Other nutrients in black pepper include thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, folic acid, copper, and calcium which makes it a good addition to the diet of pregnant women as well.
3. It improves bowel movement
Constipation is becoming a very common problem nowadays. According to Ms. Garmia, adding some black pepper every day to your food can solve this problem. Once you start consuming black pepper regularly, it can help in curbing constipation, nausea, among certain bacterial forms of disorders.
4. It helps in weight loss
This wonderful spice is a booster for your metabolism. If you are unable to shed off those extra kilos, then all you need to do is add a pinch of black pepper to your green tea and drink it two to three times a day.
Do you know that black pepper contains a rich content of phytonutrients that contribute to the destruction of excess fat? That’s the main reason you experience weight loss after regular consumption of kaali mirch.
5. It may prevent some cancers
According to Ms. Garima, black pepper combined with turmeric is believed to prevent cancer. It can be consumed in the form of milk by combining turmeric and black pepper. This drink is typically given to people who have extreme cold. This is known to be composed of antioxidants, vitamin A, and carotenoids that help prevent cancer and other deadly diseases.
6. It helps in treating skin problems
Black pepper is also known to prevent skin pigmentation (Vitiligo). This condition makes your skin appear white but in patches and this is also called white patches. Though there are many medicines available in the market to restore your skin colour, black pepper protects your skin from any sort of skin pigmentation and helps maintain the original colour of your skin.
You see how this humble spice can keep your health in check. But there is a heads-up as well! Like everything else, you should not take too much of it and only eat it in moderation because too much of it might flip its benefits.
So, from now on, take everything with a pinch of black pepper.
(With inputs from IANS)