Black Pepper has been a staple on kitchen tables for ages right next to the salt. However, black pepper does more than just add some flavor to you food as it also provides several benefits to your health. Including black pepper in your diet can help you with your weight loss, improve your digestion, improve cognitive function and increase bioavailability (among other benefits).
1) Weight Loss
The outer layer of peppercorn helps breakdown fat cells in your body which can aid your weight loss when living a keto lifestyle. As fat cells are broken down, the body can easily process them and apply them to other processes and enzymatic reactions in the body.
2) Improves Digestion
Eating pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, which help to facilitate digestion. Proper digestion is essential to avoid diarrhea, constipation, and colic. Pepper also strengthens the digestive tract and lessens the time taken by foods to travel the tract. Pepper can help prevent the formation of gas in the intestines, along with promoting sweating and urination. Sweating helps to remove toxins and cleans out your pores by removing foreign bodies that may be there and can also remove excess water. Increase urination helps your body to expel uric acid, urea, excess water, and fat, since 4% of urine is fat. Good digestion helps you lose weight, improve your body function, and can prevent severe gastrointestinal conditions (such as IBS). Because black pepper is carminative, it easily expels the gas out of the body in a healthy downward motion, as upward moving gas can be dangerous because it can strain the upper chest and other vital organs.
3) Improved Cognitive Function
One if the fears about growing old is the possibility that our brain function may decrease. We may start to forget our family, or even who we are. Adding herbs and spices such as black pepper to your keto life can keep your brain strong and healthy, longer. Alzheimer’s Black pepper can prevents Alzheimer’s and improves your memory by healing nerve damage or memory impairment in the hippocampus. This may be due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that black pepper has on the body.
Depression Depression is one of the leading causes of suicides today. The piperine in black pepper acts as an antidepressant, improves your cognitive ability, and helps you think clearly. Animal studies have shown that black pepper helps to regulate serotonin and dopamine in our bodies which may lead to better moods.
Parkinson’s Piperine reduces and stops cell death (anti-apoptotic) and is an anti-inflammatory, which plays a huge role in treating Parkinson’s. The antioxidant effects of black pepper can also help to repair damage to the brain that leads to Parkinson’s.
4) Increase Bioavailability
Black Pepper helps your body transport and absorb the health benefits of other herbs and spices. Also, if you are sick and the doctor has given you a prescription, black pepper will also help the body to better absorb the medication. By allowing you body to better absorb these nutrients and medications black pepper can help you stay healthy or get healthy faster.
Black Pepper is a great spice to add to your food not only to add some flavor and spice but also for the many health benefits that it offers.