Butt Dukan Kali Mirch (black pepper) is among the most abundantly used spices worldwide. Originating from the Piper nigrum vine, native to South India, black pepper has a long history of culinary and medicinal use that spans thousands of years. It was so valuable that it was often referred to as "black gold" and used as a currency in ancient times. Today, it is cultivated in tropical regions worldwide and remains a staple in both Eastern and Western cuisines.
- Digestive Health: Black pepper stimulates the taste buds, signaling the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. Proper digestion is crucial to avoid constipation, colic, and diarrhea. It also has a carminative effect, helping to reduce gas and discomfort in the intestinal tract.
- Antioxidant Properties: It's rich in antioxidants to combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals damage body cells, which can lead to fatal diseases such as heart disease and cancer. So, the antioxidant properties of black pepper could be helpful in preventing or repairing damage caused by harmful molecules.
- Improves Nutrient Absorption: black pepper can enhance the bioavailability of various nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, and others, making them more easily available to the body. Specifically, piperine can increase the absorption of selenium, B vitamins, and beta-carotene, as well as other nutrients from food.
- Anti-inflammatory Properties: Black Pepper has anti-inflammatory properties, reducing swelling and inflammation risk. Studies suggest that piperine can effectively fight inflammation at the molecular level.