Don’t you just love finding out that everyday things in your pantry and cupboards have more benefits than you ever imagined? I could easily become obsessed by finding a 101 uses for everything in my kitchen. So the latest thing I’ve been looking at is black pepper. It’s time to cut down on the salt and ramp up the pepper because the benefits are so great.
1. Improve Metabolism
Black pepper doesn’t just make your food taste better; it plays a great role in boosting your metabolism. With improved metabolism, it will become easier to burn unwanted calories and maintain a healthy body weight..
2. Get Rid of Wet Cough
All stuffed up? Don’t worry, use black pepper. Black pepper helps stimulate the mucus flow and serves as a great remedy for wet cough. You can enhance its effects by preparing a tea using a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and a couple of tablespoons of honey. This tea works amazingly well with coughs that produce mucus.
3. Improve Bioavailability
Black pepper will enhance bioavailability and make it easy for your body to transport the benefits of herbs you eat to all parts of your body. Essentially - black pepper will improve the efficiency of any other health food you're consuming. Simply adding it to your food will improve flavors and make nutrients in your food available and accessible to your system.
4. Stimulate Appetite
Black pepper is an incredibly impressive appetite stimulant. It produces great results through olfactory stimulation (activating your sense of smell).
5. Clear Bacterial Infections
Black pepper is rich in vitamin C and works amazingly well to clear bacterial infections. Using it regularly in your food will help curb harmful free radical reactions. Its consumption will also prove beneficial in treating diseases caused by bacteria, such as diarrhea, constipation, and colic.
6. Get Glowing Skin
Make black pepper a part of your diet and you will have glowing skin as a reward. It can also help improve certain skin conditions such as scabies. Black pepper also contains antioxidants that will strengthen your skin's defense system against premature ageing. Simply increase the amount of black pepper to your diet and you will save a lot of money you'd otherwise be spending on buying products to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
7. Crush Cancer
The regular use of black pepper in your diet will help ward off breast cancer. It contains a compound called piperine that discourages the growth of breast cancer tumors. Pair it with turmeric to enhance its potential cancer-preventing properties.
8. Improve Dental Health
Do you always find yourself dealing with toothache or other dental problems? Make black pepper an integral part of your diet and you can worry less about tooth decay and other similar issues.
9. Relieve Stress
One of many benefits of black pepper is that it can work amazingly well to relieve stress and depression. It contains piperine that works as an anti-depressant and stimulates your nervous system in a positive way. This improves your cognitive capacity and keeps depression at bay.
10. Get Shiny Glossy Hair
Not found the hair product that delivers gloss and shine to your hair? Try this! . Mix a teaspoon of ground black pepper with some lemon juice and apply to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes then rinse out with cold water. You hair will be soft, shiny and lustrous.
11. Rejuvenate Your Skin
Black pepper can be used as a great homemade exfoliant. Crush some black pepper and use it with either olive oil or sugar to make a scrub. Use it to exfoliate your skin and promote blood circulation. It is suitable for acne prone skin thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Even though it is obviously brilliant, don’t go overboard and pile pepper on your food – it won’t make it taste good! Include it in your healthy, balanced diet and you’ll get its rewards. Are you now going to see humble black pepper in a different light?