Black pepper is my one of favourite spice. This is the most important ingredients of Indian kitchen has many medicinal benefits. Being rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin K, and vitamin C, it is used across the world for multiple purposes. You can use black pepper in your slalad, curd, lassi, yogurt, rice, sandwiches and any curry dishes.
Health Benefits Of Black Pepper
Black pepper is able to stimulate acid secretion in the stomach, which aids in digestion. Consuming black pepper can thereby prevent diarrhea and constipation. It also keeps things moving through the stomach, removing toxins from the body and ensuring proper digestion. Black pepper can also help with heartburn as it moves gasses down and out of the body.
2.Fight Against Colds And Coughs
In ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics for colds and coughs. It also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has an expectorant property that helps to break up the mucus and phlegm deposits in the respiratory tract and its natural irritant quality helps you to expel these irritants through sneezing.
3.Helps In Weight Loss
If you want to get the most weight-loss benefits from black pepper, try consuming it in its peppercorn form. The outer layer of peppercorn helps your body break down fat cells, which in turn helps your body use the smaller components of these cells and helps you lose weight.
Black pepper can fight against infections and insect stings. When added to daily diet, pepper can cleanse the arteries and scrap the excess cholesterol formed on the walls of the arteries. The result is minimizing the instances of atherosclerosis, which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
6.Fight Against Skin Cancer
Exposure to ultraviolet rays of the Sun causes threats of skin cancer. Black pepper acts as a fighting agent against this life-threatening disease.
7.Fights Bacterial Infection
Black pepper helps in getting rid of the bacterial infection due to its nature of being an anti-bacterial spice. It treats the disease that takes birth because of the presence of bacteria. It also solves constipation.
8.Helps In Fighting Arthritis
Being an anti-inflammatory and anti-arithmetic, black pepper helps in proper blood circulation thus reducing the joint pains and arthritis. Most of Ayurvedic medicines and pain relief oils contain black pepper oil.
9.Cures Peptic Ulcers
Several studies have revealed that black pepper can have a highly beneficial action on the stomach walls and prevent the gastric mucosal damage. Due to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, there is no other better medicine for curing peptic ulcers than black pepper.
10.For Healthy Skin
Black pepper can help with skin diseases, such as Vitiligo, that cause discoloration of the skin. Researchers believe this is due to the fact that piperine in pepper can stimulate the production of pigment in the skin. For the most obvious results, you can apply pepper treatments directly to the skin (but check with your dermatologist first).
Masala Chai Recipe
The Masala Chai is delicious Indian milk tea made with a blend of spices such as black pepper cardamom and ginger. There are many versions of this tea, but this recipe is from my favourite tea recipe. As i mentioned already black pepper is fight against cold and cough, so can drink masala tea any time. Let’s take a look at the recipe.
- 1 tea cups water
- 5/7 Black pepper seeds
- 4 pods green cardamom
- 1 black cardamom
- 3 cloves
- 2 tsp sugar (stevia)
- 1 slice ginger
- 3 tsp loose black tea
- 2 cups milk
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Grind the cardamom into fine powder. If you use ginger, cut into one thin slice.
- In a small saucepan, pour the water from the cups.
- Add cardamom, sugar, and ginger if you like, and bring it to boil.
- When boiling, add tea leaves.
- Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add milk and bring it to boil again.
- When boiling again, reduce heat and keep simmering for another 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain tea with a strainer.
- Serve with a biscuit or cookie.