The pepper It is a spice widely used in the kitchen due to its spicy and aromatic flavor. However, apart from being a culinary ingredient, this plant also has several health benefits.
This plant native to India, is composed of vitamins A, B and E, as well as nutrients such as iron, fiber, potassium and calcium, which can help strengthen bone tissue and reduce intestinal problems such as constipation, according to the specialized center ‘Mayo Clinic’.
Black pepper contains a substance called piperine, which would help stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
According to nutritionist Mónica Carreira from the ‘MAPFRE’ health portal, hydrochloric acid is a necessary substance for the digestion of food, since it helps break down proteins in the stomach and facilitates the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.
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A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that piperine may also increase the absorption of certain nutrients, such as beta-carotene and vitamin B6, by inhibit the activity of enzymes They metabolize these nutrients in the liver and intestine.
Acts as an antioxidant
This spice has antioxidant properties that help protect cells from oxidative damage.
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According to the Colombian Vademecum of medicinal plants, published by the Ministry of Social Protection, the samples of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of nigrum fruits, show potent flavonoid activity They help in the neutralization of free radicals.
Alleviate the pain
Pepper can help reduce the sensation of pain. This is because the plant acts as a sedative by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.
According to the surgeon and specialist in hyperbaric and sports medicine, Carlos Ávila, from the portal ‘Mejor con Salud’, the piperine and alkaloid that make up this spice has anti-inflammatory benefits, so it helps to reduce muscle pain. Whether in tea or ointment, the properties intervene as a muscle relaxant.
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