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    Health benefits of Ceylon Pepper

    One of the most consumed spices in the world, Pepper, the fruit of the plant Piper nigrum is native to the Indian state, Kerala. Even though Sri Lanka caters to merely 2.5% of the global demand for pepper, Ceylon Pepper is rich in Piperine, which gives Ceylon Pepper its distinct pungency and a premium price in the global market driven by its plenitude of the alkaloid.

    Black pepper from Sri Lanka is available in numerous forms and varieties;

    Whole Black Pepper is the freshest available form of black pepper in the market.

    Black Pepper Essential Oil is extracted using one of the several methods including steam distillation, hydro-distillation, and CO2 extraction and provides various benefits. Consisting of powerful chemical components such as monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which have the ability to support the healthy functioning of the immune system It is widely used for many purposes.

    Black Pepper Powder is the ground version of black pepper that is often used on food preparation to add a sharp, hot, and biting taste. It has also been a frequently used additive in traditional medicine since ancient times.

    Other than adding flavour to our dishes, pepper comes with various benefits that are mostly unseen

    Health Benefits of Black Pepper

    Black pepper is known to be a rich source for nutrients such as Thiamine, Riboflavin, Vitamin C, E, B6, and K. The spice is also a source of minerals like Zinc, Magnesium, Sodium, Phosphorous, and Calcium. It is also high in dietary fibre. These valuable components have collectively resulted in black pepper to build a name for its medicinal value. (1)

    Assists Weight Loss

    Black pepper assists weight loss by suppressing appetite and preventing the formation of fat cells. (2) Black pepper also helps weight loss by fighting the formation of fat cells. The presence of phytonutrients supports this cause. Black pepper also helps the body to absorb nutrients from the consumed food. Daily consumption of black pepper with food benefits in boosting metabolism, helping to get rid of extra fat and toxins.

    Reduces the Occurrence of Cancer

    Rich in antioxidants and active ingredient piperine (3) , black pepper initiates free-radical scavenging that helps chemoprevention and controls any progression of tumour growth.

    According to a study done by the University of Michigan. In cell studies, Piperine, the natural chemical found in pepper, has shown anti-inflammatory antioxidant and anti-cancer activities. (4)

    Reduces Blood Sugar Level

    Piperine in black pepper helps to stabilize glucose level in blood by improving its metabolism. (5) Further research has found piperine to enhance insulin sensitivity and discourage the function of some digestive enzymes, that reduces complex carbohydrates and sucrose into glucose. (6) In addition, piperine also acts as a bio enhancer for Metformin, a common diabetes medication. (7)

    Treats Gum Inflammation

    The anti-inflammatory properties found in black pepper have the ability to reduce the occurrence of gum inflammation and oral infections. (8)

    Black pepper can also be used as a home remedy to relieve the pain of tooth decay, toothache, and oral abscess. The antibacterial properties in black pepper help to reduce the inflammation in dental caries and tooth decay is prevented since black pepper stops the destruction of mineralized tissue of the teeth.

    Lowers Cholesterol Level

    Piperine in black pepper slows down enzymes that promote the fat formation and focuses on the removal of fat. It also prevents the reabsorption of bile, an acidic digestive juice that assists the digestion and absorption of fats. (9)

    Therefore Black pepper lowers the levels of LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol which is good for the human body. By helping to reduce lower bad cholesterol black pepper reduces the risks of heart diseases. (10)

    Mental Health Benefits of Black Pepper

    A Natural Antidepressant

    Black pepper is a natural antidepressant. High levels of oxidative stress in the brain is one of the causes of anxiety. Piperine reduces the levels of oxidative stress and protects brain cells from damage. It also curbs the release of Monoamine oxidase, responsible for depression while it also induces the release of happy hormones, serotonin and dopamine. (11)  (12)

    Improves Brain Health

    Piperine disables the enzyme that breaks down the calming and feel-good neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, reducing the risk of degenerative brain diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, piperine protects the brain nerves and reduce plaque formation in the brain which also reduces the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumour, and meningitis. (13)  (14)

    Reduces the Occurrence of Pseudoseizure

    Pseudoseizure is a type of seizures caused due to psychological reasons such as mental stress. Piperine reduced the occurrence of pseudoseizure by controlling the flow of calcium while improving the synchronization of nerve activity in the brain. (15)

    Cosmetic Benefits of Black Pepper

    Reduces Early Signs of Aging

    Free radicals caused by ionizing radiation, severe physical and psychological stress, alcohol intake, poor nutrition, overeating, environmental pollution, and exposure to UV radiation play a great role in the occurrence of signs of ageing. (16) Piperine, a natural antioxidant found in black pepper helps to prevent and delay the damaging effects of free radicals and reduce early signs of ageing. (17)

    Reduces the symptoms of Vitiligo

    Vitiligo is a skin condition of the skin losing its natural pigmentation in selected areas. Piperine an alkaloid in black pepper and two of its analogues; tetrahydropiperine (THP) and a cyclohexyl derivative (RCHP) has been found to produce pigmentation of skin when applied externally. (18) The discovery had made black pepper oil a new and better ingredient in manufacturing vitiligo medication.

    Use of Black pepper in Home Remedies

    Treatment for Sore throat Consuming a pinch of black pepper mixed with half a teaspoon of honey helps to treat a sore throat.

    Also, tea infused with black pepper, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon helps to get rid of cold.

    Inhaling steam laced with a pinch of black pepper powder or drops of oil and cinnamon powder will reduce symptoms of sinusitis.

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