What is the health benefit of black pepper?
I thought it would be interesting to write a few words about black pepper. These articles are really about all the ingredients we put into my mother’s tea for Alzheimer’s and one of the ingredients is black pepper. Now I understand that it helps the Turmeric absorb into the body, because without absorption there is no benefit. But I was thinking does it have any other medicinal value. So far I have been blown away by the medicinal value of the cinnamon, the coconut oil and the honey. So why not look at black pepper. It is only 1/8 of a teaspoon in the tea. What other value could it have? Well here is my research
Here is some research I found on the Herbal Academy’s site. I actually was thinking I would find nothing. But it has three medicinal benefits.
Value of Whole Peppercorns
Now this is not the black pepper we all get in the little container. But to reap the benefits mentioned, you want to choose the organically grown whole peppercorns and grind it. It said when you are choosing the peppercorns to grind pick the ones that are uniform and rich in color and that has a strong aroma. It also stated that there a different colors of peppercorns and each is unique in color and taste because of how they are processed and prepared.
I always like to see if there is a side effect of using anything. Because like I mentioned earlier when we learn something is good we have a tendency of over doing it, because it is not a drug. But in the research it said that large amounts of black pepper is not recommended. Less than a 1/2 teaspoon, which is considered culinary amounts of black pepper should be used by people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It can also inhibit drug metabolism when taking pharmaceutical medications. So it is good to ask your pharmacist if black pepper will inhibit your medication. I always see where articles say ask your doctor, but it is the pharmacist that has that information. The pharmacist is the expert in medication.
Also if possible see how the peppercorn is processed because the safrole content which helps in the benefits researched, is significantly deceased in the traditional method involving heat and drying.