6. Increased Absorption of Curcumin
Piperine, the compound that gives black pepper its pungent flavor, may aid in the absorption of certain nutrients. Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. However, curcumin is not easily absorbed by the digestive system. Piperine may aid in the absorption of curcumin from the digestive tract, leading to increased benefits of this agent.
5. Increased Absorption of Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in the skin of red grapes, and is therefore present in red wine and grape juices. This compound has antioxidant properties and may possibly help prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The piperine of black pepper may interfere with metabolic processes in the gut, which break down resveratrol before it can be absorbed. Unfortunately, the dose of pepper required for this effect may not be palatable. Additionally, if piperine were formulated in high doses into a supplement, the absorption of harmful chemicals and hormones could be increased as well.
4. Food Seasoning
The very best benefit of black pepper is its use in seasoning foods. A shake of black pepper on your savory salad may ensure you eat more of the nutrient-rich greens your body needs. A grind of pepper on your morning eggs scrambled with green peppers, mushrooms, and spinach is a tasty way to enjoy protein and veggies. A crack of black pepper on your edamame livens up the flavor of these protein-packed, low-calorie soybeans. Enjoy your black pepper as a means to spice up the healthy foods that provide your body with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs.