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Black pepper: health benefits and nutrients

  1. Black pepper is a spice used in cooking. Pepper grows as berries on the black pepper plant or Piper nigrum. Peppercorns are the dried berries of the tropical pepper plant. Black pepper also comes in the dried and ground form. The peppercorns turn black and wrinkled when dried. Black pepper is characterized by its very pungent aroma. Whether it's white, green, red or black pepper, they all come from the same plant, the pepper plant (Piper nigrum). Depending on the time of harvesting and further processing, the peppercorns will then acquire their specific color. For the black pepper, the unripe green peppercorns are harvested and stored for a few days. The granules are then dried in the sun. White and black pepper are the strongest varieties and have the highest piperine content, the substance responsible for the sharp taste.

What is black pepper?

  1. Growth and bloom

Occurrence of the black pepper plant

  1. Origin and occurrence


  1. Piperine is the main vegetable substance in peppercorns. The substance has many health benefits. Piperine can counteract oxidative damage by scavenging free radicals and inhibiting lipid peroxidation (the oxidative breakdown of lipids). Piperine also acts on acute changes in the inflammatory process. Other black pepper ingredients are flavonoids, rhamnetin, kaempferol, quercetin

Use of black pepper

  1. Spice in the kitchen

Health Benefits of Black Pepper

  1. Good for digestion

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