Black pepper known as “kali mirch” in hindi is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. When dried, the fruit is known as a peppercorn. Peppercorns, and the ground pepper derived from them, may be described simply as pepper, or more precisely as black pepper (cooked and dried unripe fruit), green pepper (dried unripe fruit) and white pepper (ripe fruit seeds). Freshly ground black pepper is the most popular of its forms of consumption, and it is a common sight to see spice mills filled with pepper on many a dining table. It has a better flavour and aroma compared to readymade pepper powders. Crushed pepper is great for sprinkling over salads, soups, sandwiches or even a cup of tea.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK PEPPER:
Cough and Cold:
This spice acts as a remedy for cough and cold. The antibacterial properties of black pepper are used for treating respiratory disorders.
Flu and Congestion:
Black pepper eases congestion. The free radical scavenging activity of black pepper helps in the treatment of cancer. It slows down the activity of some types of cancer.
Black pepper helps in treating diseases caused due to bacteria. The influence of black pepper can be observed while treating conditions like constipation, diarrhea and colic.
Free Radical Suspension:
It generates free radical killing action that curbs the cancerous activities in the body.
Black pepper helps in boosting the metabolism in the body. Black pepper is very effective against obesity.
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