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How to Harness the Healing Power of Black Pepper

How to Harness the Healing Power of Black Pepper

Black pepper provides much more than a colour contrast to the salt shaker. Those peppercorns pack more than a spicy kick—they deliver a hefty healing punch.

Why Black Pepper?

Among all the varieties of pepper out there—green, white and pink; black pepper is the most flavourful and pungent. It has also been seen to have the maximum health benefits.

Black Pepper—The Wonder Healer

While ‘spicy’, black pepper is an excellent inflammatory agent. That’s why, including it in your daily diet can bring relief from arthritis. Research studies have proved that the spice also reduces your perception of pain.

In a significant research study, scientists found that black pepper has the highest concentration of antioxidants among a wide range of foods such as cereals, legumes, other spices, roots and tubers. And antioxidants, as we know, are powerful disease-fighters.

Another study conclusively proves that black pepper inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells.

The healing properties of another wonder spice, turmeric, are increased 20-fold when it is combined with black pepper, studies show.

Recent studies show that the piperine in black pepper inhibits the growth of fat cells.

If you suffer from aggravations of the Kapha dosha (clogged sinuses, bloating, lethargy), you must include black pepper in your diet—it makes nutrients more ‘available’ to your microcirculatory channels.  It also promotes sweating, urination and digestion, helping you  flush out toxins and ‘clean’ your system naturally.

Tasty Ways with Black Pepper

Olive oil, lemon juice, salt and cracked pepper make a delicious salad dressing.

Cheese, herbs and a sprinkling of black pepper make a divine topping for pizza—and gifting you healing goodness.

To me, no risotto is complete without freshly crushed black pepper.

I often crush some black pepper over dough and integrate the spice into the base, adding taste plus strength to the pizza or chapatis I am cooking.

A stir-fry, Chinese style, acquires magical flavour when you add cracked black pepper to garlic before adding in the vegetables.

Black pepper combines beautifully with coconut milk to make a delicate curry with a peppery kick.

It gives fruit salads and some desserts a wonderful spicy twist. Try it!

If you have an irritated throat, pound some black pepper and mix it with a little freshly grated ginger and a big spoonful of honey. The moment it goes down your gullet, you’ll feel relief.

How to Buy and Use the spice

To ensure that you get unadulterated and truly flavourful black pepper, buy it whole and store it in a tight-fitting glass jar.

Always grind the peppercorns fresh in a mill just before adding to a recipe.  This yields the maximum benefits, since ground and stored black pepper loses its nutritional value, including Vitamin C.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:32PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Love black pepper, thanks!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Pepper is a delightful spice and it is colourful. Have black, red, green and white peppercorns and love to grind pepper over many dishes.

8:18AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Thanks for the tip about black pepper and turmeric. Also interesting is the irritated throat mixture, I'm keeping this one handy-- and all your other suggestions. Thank you!

3:12AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Thanks for sharing. Never knew pepper had such benefits.

5:56PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Black pepper and coconut milk sounds enticing.

5:55PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Black pepper and coconut milk sounds enticing.

11:48AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

thanks

8:02AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

How much is recommended for health benefits daily?

10:52AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Adding some pepper to food is beneficial, but too much can cause intestinal irritation.

8:51PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Like it, healthy or not, thanks.

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