Why This Spice Will Provide More Health Benefits Than You Realized

When it comes to cooking, is there anything better than topping off one of your favorite meals with one of your favorite spices? The power of something as small as a spice is surprising, since spices often have the capability to not only vastly improve the flavor of a dish, but many of them actually offer many important benefits to a person's health as well.

There is one spice in particular that is surprisingly high in the amount of health benefits that it can and does provide for people, and the good news to be had here is that this particular spice is one that you have probably used within the last few days. That's right, the spice that I am referring to is black pepper. According to an informative article post by Care 2, here is why black pepper, the simple and common household spice, is so incredible for improving your health.

First of all, black pepper is one more vital spice that can work to improve your body's digestive process. This means that your body will have an easier time processing foods that have been seasoned with black pepper, and as a result you will be much less likely to experience health issues such as bloating, gas, stomachaches, or even nausea. Interestingly enough, recent studies have taken this fact one step further to reveal that black pepper can actually encourage weight loss! While this doesn't mean that simply drowning your meals in the spice will make you miraculously drop ten pounds, it does mean that the main component in black pepper, piperine, may be able to stop new fat cells from forming in the body.

One more incredible, albeit more than a bit surprising, health benefit to be found from black pepper is that it can actually have the ability to work as a completely natural anti-depressant. Once again, it is the piperine that is naturally found in black pepper that is responsible for having such a positive effect on the brain. Piperine stimulates the cognitive functions of the brain, and it also helps to encourage the nervous system to perform better, which promotes the development of important neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins. Piperine can actually also decrease the amount of depression-inducing substances that are in the brain, which makes fighting off depression and even anxiety that much easier. In conclusion, it can't hurt your health any to remember to use black pepper a little more often in your cooking.

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