(Piper nigrum L.)
Pepper, a digestive spice
Pepper is one of the most common spices in the table of all households, and certainly well known to most readers.
Pepper for cholesterol
Scientific studies have shown that taking pepper regularly in the diet results in an important decrease in cholesterol. These effects are due to piperine, an alkaloid present in the pepper which appears to act on cholesterol levels.
Numerous antioxidant compounds, present in the grain, as well as aromatic substances as flavonoids; also contribute to the same effect.
Pepper plant also contains phytosterols, which naturally decreases the absorption of dietary cholesterol.
Powerful antioxidant with anticancer properties
Furthermore, a study found that black pepper inhibits cancer cell proliferation, because it has anti-inflammatory effect and the above antioxidant properties.
The anticancer effect is mainly achieved by means of black pepper extract, in doses of 200mg/ml. This extract inhibits COX enzymes in a 31-80% and the proliferation of cancer cells in a 3.5 to 86.8%.
In short, black pepper can be considered a natural anti-aging accessible to all palates.
Slimming qualities of pepper
Rubefacient properties of pepper
Pepper is a rubefacient when applied externally, that's to say, it causes redness of the skin. For this quality, it is useful in rheumatic affectations that respond well to heat.
- Pepper gargles with a decoction of pepper seeds have been recommended in cases of paralysis of the tongue and uvula.
Traditional Chinese. Medicine and pepper
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, pepper has been used for its pungent flavor that warms the body. It has also been attributed with bactericide and diaphoretic properties (that stimulate sweating).
Aromatherapy with pepper
Although many readers are already familiar with the pungent odor of this fruit, the truth is that few plants have a fragrance as intense and spicy as pepper.
Pepper applications in aromatherapy are very valuable. Its essential oil is a natural relaxant, its fragrance invigorates the mind and strengthens the heart.
One must take into account that, although small doses can be applied as bactericidal, black pepper oil is irritating to the skin.
Black pepper to treat Vitiligo?
Studies at King's College in London conducted on mice have proved very promising in stimulating pigmentation in people affected by vitiligo.
Antiseptic properties of pepper
Pepper is widely studied for its antibacterial qualities, applied both as a medicine and for agricultural techniques:
Dosage of pepper
- Ground pepper: between 0.3 and 1.5 g. each dose. Maximum 5g. daily.
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