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The Benefits of Adding a Little More Black Pepper

By Genevieve Cunningham

No one wants to eat their food bland and flavorless. We like things to be packed with flavor. We like them to be tender and juicy and melt in the mouth. What's the problem with this? It seems that many flavors and spices that can be added to food also contain negative side effects or too many calories. If you're looking for an easy way to flavor your food while still maintaining a healthy diet, take a look at why you should add a little more black pepper to your menu today.

It Might Help With Your Sinuses

You may have already noticed that black pepper tends to make you sneeze. When you put a little too much on your plate, your eyes water a little and your nose itches. In some places in the world, black pepper is used to treat colds, coughs, congestion, and sinusitis. If you tend to suffer from these kinds of illnesses, it may be beneficial to add a little bit more black pepper to every meal.

It May Improve Your Memory

As it turns out, one of the major components of black pepper may actually help you remember more clearly. Several studies have shown that eating more black pepper enhances memory, improves cognitive function, and may even ward off dementia.  if you're interested in keeping the brain healthy -- and seriously, who isn't? -- eating black pepper may be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to protect the brain and its long-term wellness.

It may Boost Weight Loss Efforts

This is probably the benefit that everyone wants to hear. Eating black pepper may actually speed up weight loss efforts. It's thought that the outer layer of pepper actually helps in the breakdown of fat cells in the body. Is it a miracle cure? Of course not. But if you're looking for little ways to break down fat and eliminate it from the body, eating more black pepper and following it up with a glass full of water may be one of your best bets.

Good food does not have to be boring. Some people equate healthy with a bland taste, but this is definitely not the case. Experiment with more black pepper in your diet, and you may find that your meal is even more delicious and your health has taken a step in a better direction before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Collierville, Tenn.

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