Black Pepper

Pepper has its root in the Sanskrit word pippali for long pepper. Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family of Piperaceae that is a woody vine that grows on supporting trees, poles or trellises. Piper Nigrum starts life as green, unripe drupes that are cooked briefly in hot water to clean and prepare for drying, thus peppercorn is born. It dates back to 4000 years and was used as a form of money along trading routes as it was considered a cooking symbol during the middle ages. It was an important source of tade for Chera dynasty of India. Black pepper is native to present day Kerala in South Western India and can still be found growing in the wild, though it grows across the tropics today and Vietnam is the highest producer and exporter of pepper. It is the most used and traded spice since ancient times that was used as seasoning across cuisines, it gets the spiciness from a chemical compound known as piperine. Some cultures use it has a medicine especially Indian Ayurveda.

Benefits of Black Pepper

•  Pepper has anti-bacterial qualities, hence has been used successfully to preserve food since ancient times.
•  Pepper improves digestion as it aids to avoid intestinal issues including diarrhea, constipation and colic.
•  Black Pepper is carminative and can prevent formation of intestinal gases and can easily excel gases out of the body in downward motion, aids against bacterial growth as well.
•  Black Pepper improves cognitive function aiding to reduce memory impairment and cognitive malfunction.
•  Black Pepper provides respiratory relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion, hence added to tonics for treating cold and cough.
•  Black Pepper aids in weight loss as outer layer of peppercorn assists in breakdown of fat cells.
•  Black Pepper enhances bioavailability in in the body as it helps in transporting benefits of other herbs and compounds to different parts of the body.
•  Black Pepper is anti-bacterial and helps fight against infections and insect bites.
•  Black Pepper gives relief to peptic ulcers as has beneficial effects on gastric mucosal damage due to anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
•  Piperine main active ingredient in pepper aids to prevent asthma as an expectorant and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
•  Piperine has potent anti-oxidant properties, hence anti-tumor as can prevent and repair damage used by free radicals.
•  Pepper improves blood sugar control as piperine main ingredient improves blood sugar metabolism.

Why Svaguna

Our black pepper is sourced from organic farms located in Coorg district of Karnataka. Purchasing our product will aid organic farmers earn a better livelihood and encourage organic farming practises in India.

Caution:

•  Large quantities if taken accidently by mouth can get into lungs and can cause death.
•  Excessive consumption of black pepper and direct consumption of piperine can cause problems as it is carcinogen.
•  Black pepper should be taken as a food product or spice and not as dietary supplement.

Best form to have:

•  Avoid pre-ground pepper because grinding reduces amount of nutritional content.
•  Either as a spice in curries, soups, salads, pizzas, parathas, etc or in tea or Ayurvedic drinks.
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