(Scientific name: Piper nigrum)
Peppercorns were and is a prized trade good, and is rightly referred to as “black gold”, the reasons …
22 Potential Benefits of Piper Nigrum:
Antiapoptotic – Something that prevents apoptosis. Apoptosis is a type of cell death in which a series of molecular steps in a cell leads to its death.
Antibacterial – Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability to reproduce.
Anti-Colon Toxin – Colon cleansing
Antidepressant – Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.
Antifungal – A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal organisms.
Antidiarrhoeal – Tending to prevent or relieve diarrhea.
Anti-inflammatory – A drug or substance that reduces inflammation (redness, swelling, and pain) in the body. Anti-inflammatory agents block certain substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Antimutagenic – Reducing the rate of mutation. the changing of the structure of a gene, resulting in a variant form that may be transmitted to subsequent generations, caused by the alteration of single base units in DNA, or the deletion, insertion, or rearrangement of larger sections of genes or chromosomes.
“mutation is, ultimately, the only way in which new variation enters the species”
Anti-metastatic Activity – Inhibiting metastasis. The spread of cancer cells from the place where they first formed to another part of the body.
Antioxidative – A substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, or beta carotene, that protects cells from the sometimes damaging effects of oxidation.
Antiriyretic – A substance that reduces fever.
Antispasmodic – A substance used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscle.
Antispermatogenic – Medicine that blocks spermatogenesis.
Antitumor – Inhibiting the growth of a tumour or tumours.
Antithyroid – Able to counteract excessive thyroid activity.
Ciprofloxacin Potentiator – Medication is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.
Cold Extremities – Medicine to prevent hands and feet from becoming cold (the natural response to cold temperatures).
Gastric Ailments: Gastric diseases refer to diseases affecting the stomach.
Hepatoprotective – Hepatoprotection or antihepatotoxicity is the ability of a chemical substance to prevent damage to the liver.
Insecticidal Activity – Insecticides are substances used to kill insects.
Larvisidal Activity – A chemical used for killing larvae.
Other roles of this spice includes protection against Diabetes Induced Oxidative Stress – Diabetes causes increased oxidative stress, which is thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of various diabetic complications.
(Sources of Information: scholar.google.co.in, cancer.gov, medicinenet.com, merriam-webster.com, en.m.wiktionary.org & Oxford Languages)
Food Made Using Black Pepper – RECIPES