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The Wonders of Black Pepper

Jun 28, 2017 07:35AM
By Laina Poulakos
Black pepper is such a common spice, found in nearly every kitchen, but the health benefits of this common spice are amazing. The chemical piperine, which is the source of its spiciness, has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties. This spice from India is rich in iron, potassium, vitamins C and K, as well as fiber.

Black pepper is excellent for the stomach, as it helps to keep the digestion process healthy and keeps stomach gas at bay. Black pepper also promotes sweating and urination, which helps the body rid itself of toxins. In ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics to help with cough and colds. It is also helpful to breakdown mucous and congestion.

Adding black pepper to food helps the body absorb the vitamins in the food consumed. The antioxidants in black pepper also help prevent cellular damage from free radicals.

The benefits of the common spice are great and provide such a simple way to add a tasty, healthy spice to your life.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit


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