The Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) and its benefits

After going through the benefits of turmeric powder i thought to look at other spices used at home and see if they too are good for health and studied some sites like wikepedia and National Center for Biotechnology Information I compiled about the next spices the Black Pepper (Kali Mirch).

Black pepper (Kali Mirch) of the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried, used as a spice and seasoning and as a tradicional medicines. When dried, the fruit is known as a peppercorn. Black pepper is native to south India, and is extensively cultivated there and other tropical regions in the world.

 Black pepper

One tablespoon (6 grams) of ground black pepper contains moderate amounts of vitamin K (13% of the daily value or DV), iron (10% DV) and manganese (18% DV), with trace amounts of other essential nutrients, protein and dietary fibre. Peppers have been in use since centuries for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent properties.

Black pepper (Piper Nigrum L.) is an important healthy food owing to its antioxidant, antimicrobial potential and gastro-protective modules. Black pepper, with piperine as an active ingredient, holds rich phytochemistry that also includes volatile oil, oleoresins, and alkaloids. More recently, cell-culture studies and animal modeling predicted the role of black pepper against number of maladies. The free-radical scavenging activity of black pepper and its active ingredients might be helpful in chemoprevention and controlling progression of tumor growth. Additionally, the key alkaloid components of Piper Nigrum, that is, piperine assist in cognitive brain functioning, boost nutrient’s absorption and improve gastrointestinal functionality. In this comprehensive treatise, efforts are made to elucidate the antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, gastro-protective, and antidepressant activities of black pepper. Moreover, the synergistic interaction of black pepper with different drugs and nutrients is the limelight of the manuscript. However, the aforementioned health-promoting benefits associated with black pepper are proven in animal modeling. Thus, there is a need to conduct controlled randomized trials in human subjects, cohort studies, and meta-analyses. Such future studies would be helpful in recommending its application in diet-based regimens to prevent various ailments. As per National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Dried ground pepper has been used since antiquity for both its flavour and as a traditional medicine. Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. It is one of the most common spices added to cuisines around the world. The spiciness of black pepper is due to the chemical piperine, not to be confused with the capsaicin characteristic of fresh hot peppers. Black pepper is ubiquitous in the modern world as a seasoning and is often paired with salt.

Some where it again indicates the depth of the Indian culture and knowledge.Most of the spices while being an important ingredient for flavor in the Indian cuisine also are important for their medinal benefits

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