PASS THE PEPPER

Black pepper is a not just a seasoning staple. It is also contains, PIPERINE, a nutrient absorbing powerhouse.  I had no idea, that there was actual scientifically backed, nutritional benefits, behind the salt and pepper shakers so commonly seen at every table. Color me naive, because I thought it was merely about taste preference.  

After waking up one morning to discover that my tongue was cracking open, straight down the middle, I found out that I was nutrient and vitamin deficient. I was not absorbing enough of the nutrients, at the cellular level, that I was eating. I am sure my, "leaky gut" was largely contributing to the decline of nutrient absorption in my body. But, I was not okay with the, "I'm not too concerned about it," verdict that I received from my doctor. My body was obviously trying to tell me that something was off, and I was not going to just ignore it, until it became a full blown, "concern." I believe, that being proactive in regards to your health, saves you a lot of time, trouble, and money, as well as overall wellbeing; in the long run. 

After tirelessly doing research, I found that black pepper has been shown to DRASTICALLY improve the absorption of important nutrients. Such nutrients, such as beta-carotenes, selenium, and b vitamins can be better absorbed when used in conjunction with black pepper.

In a study done by, "Critical Reviews of Food Science and Nutrition" in 2007, black pepper was said to significantly increase the bodies ability to absorb nutrients through the intestinal tract. The study concluded that black pepper appeared to alter the permeability of the intestinal wall and stimulate intestinal enzymes. Taken with meals, it can improve absorption of vitamins, minerals, and even phytonutrients.

But, please contact your doctor before using if you are taking medications and/or have any preexisting conditions. Black pepper affects the blood levels of some drugs. Thus, it should not be taken with medication without the supervision and/or approval of a doctor. 

According to, "Eat Drink Live Well," the active ingredients in pepper have also been shown to interact with the metabolism of our brain's neurotransmitters, resulting not only in improved mood and mental state; but also, as the brain absorbs piperine, it shows promise for helping the brain to function properly. 

Black pepper might also help you lose weight; along with other spices, such as ginger, it acts as a thermogenic-- according to a study published in "Physiology and Behavior" in 2006.

The piperine, found in organic black pepper, can also help to regulate blood pressure and also acts as an anti-inflammatory; combating two major contributing factors to heart disease. 

Another study, that was published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry," in 2012, found that piperine, suppresses genes needed for new fat cell growth. As a result, it fights the development of new fat cells. 

In addition, according to an article by Slyvie Tremblay on LiveStrong, " Adding black pepper to your diet might also stave off cancer. The piperine in black pepper affects your cells proliferation, and fights the proliferation of rectal cancer cells, according to a study published in, "Experimental and Molecular Pathology" in 2013. The study also found that piperine exposes rectal cancer cells to reactive oxygen species-- toxic chemicals that kill the cancer cells. An additional study, from the January 2013 issue of the "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry," reports that the piperine in black pepper hinders new blood vessel growth within tumors, stunting their growth.

Black pepper can also aid in respiratory conditions; as it is said to have expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties. And is also said to be commonly used to aid in the treatment vision problems.

The list goes on and on...

A pinch of black pepper added to your meals, could go a long way in helping in overall health and well being. Although, It is not advised to use black pepper in high concentrations. Feel free to shake, shake, shake it on. 

Pass the pepper, please!!!...

REFERENCES:

http://www.eatdrinklivewell.com/health-benefits-of-black-pepper/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16580033

http://www.livestrong.com/article/487010-what-are-benefits-of-eating-black-pepper/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-black-pepper.html

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a Doctor. This website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, and/or prevent any disease. The opinions expressed here, within this website, are derived only from my own personal experience and/or research. Please consult your doctor before making changes to your diet. 

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