Known and appreciated since the time of the ancient Greeks, black pepper helps digestion and stimulates appetite
It favors the digestion and adds a great pinch of flavor to any dish, enough to be the most common spice in virtually all of Europe. We are talking about the black pepper, probably the king of spices, appreciated since the days of ancient Egypt, to the point of finding traces even in the tombs of some pharaohs.
Useful not only for digestion
Black pepper, known in Greece as early as the 4th century BC C. and recommended by Hippocrates combined with vinegar and honey against menstrual cramps, is a very useful product in the kitchen with many beneficial properties. It represents the result of a particular processing of the fruits (blanched and left to dry in the sun for at least ten days) of Piper nigrum, plant from which white and green pepper are also obtained, and since the times of the Roman Empire has lived long periods of primary importance as a commodity of exchange. Its most known useful property to the human organism, as already mentioned, is linked to digestion. Thanks to its content of piperine, a molecule that also owes the spicy taste of this spice, the body is favored in digesting proteins and all those foods that cause diarrhea, indigestion, constipation and acidity.
All properties of black pepper
Moreover, black pepper also favors the correct assimilation of food, with its outer layer rich in phyto-nutrients that stimulate the breakdown of fat cells, which have the task of synthesizing, accumulating and yielding lipids. Considering then that it helps through sweating which aids to release toxins from the body, black pepper is a good ally for those who want lose weight, which should not however exaggerate with this spice. Flatulence and colic instead, they have in the black pepper an enemy able to alleviate these discomforts, an ingredient with antibacterial properties that make it an effective natural remedy to treat colds and coughs. With its warmth and strong flavor, black pepper also helps dissolve the phlegm and give relief in case of closed nose, promoting proper breathing.
In addition to improving digestion, black pepper stimulates the taste buds, so as to consider it a useful remedy to help you have problems with your appetite. Not only that: according to recent studies black pepper would help against depression, increasing, thanks to piperine, the cognitive function of the brain able to work on mental well-being. A rule not to be forgotten, however, exists and is to not get too caught up with this spice. Naturally.