Pepper is valued not only for culinary purposes but also for its medicinal applications for treatment of digestive disorders. Black pepper has diaphoretic, carminative and diuretic properties. It also stimulates the taste buds in a manner that causes an increase in stomach acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. Black pepper has demonstrated impressive antioxidant and antibacterial properties as well, and the outer layer of the peppercorn has been proven to stimulate the breakdown of fat cells.
Many of the benefits of black pepper are due to the compound piperine. Piperine has been shown to
- dramatically increase the absorption of certain nutrients, such as selenium, B vitamins and beta-carotene.
- support and assist the body's natural thermogenic activities
- support and enhance the liver's detoxification process.