Black pepper is a powerful antioxdant, containing compounds such as eugenol, kaempferol, myrcene, quercetin and rutin. It also contains the substance piperine, unique to it,
which enhances the bioavailability of other compounds, making them more potent. Piperine has the ability to inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokines that are produced by tumor cells, thereby inhibiting their growth and progression. Several of the antioxidants in black pepper make it an important protectant against the oxidative damage of saturated fats. Black pepper has the capability of increasing the number of white blood cells, thereby boosting the immune system. But's it's bioavailability enhancement properties are what make it a superstar. It makes Vitamin C, Vitamin E, glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase,and glutathione peroxidase work better. Generously adding it to your diet gives a huge boost to your health. Black pepper also has the ability to reduce the amount of gas in the intestinal tract, and also helps increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach, thereby improving digestion. Piperine also promotes nutrient absorption in the intestinal tract., and inhibits the growth of bacteria there as well. You may have heard, as I had, that black pepper is indigestible and stays in the intestinal tract, irritating it. In researching this article, I have found no credible evidence that this is the case. So, add it liberally to your food and enjoy!
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