Overview

Black pepper grows in India and other tropical Asian countries. Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices in the world. Black pepper and white pepper both come from the same plant species, 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 black pepper by mouth for arthritis, asthma, upset stomach, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

People inhale black pepper oil to prevent falls, to help quit smoking and reduce cravings, and for many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods, black pepper and black pepper oil are used as a spice.

How does it work ?

Black pepper contains a chemical called piperine. This chemical seems to have many effects in the body. It seems to kill bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Piperine might also help with absorption of some medications and protect against cancer.

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