Overview

White pepper grows in tropical Asian countries. Black pepper and white pepper both come from the same plant. But they are prepared differently. Black pepper is made by cooking the dried unripe fruit. White pepper is made by cooking and drying the ripe seeds.

People take white pepper by mouth to treat upset stomach, diarrhea, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

White pepper is added to foods and drinks to add flavor.

White pepper essential oil is used in aromatherapy.

How does it work ?

White pepper contains a chemical called piperine. This chemical seems to have many effects in the body. It seems to reduce pain, improve breathing, and reduce inflammation. Piperine also seems to improve brain function, but it is not clear how.

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