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Black Pepper/Peppercorns.

Black Pepper /Peppercorns are one of the widely used Indian spices, this has great health benefits.

It helps/aids in digestion – When you eat Black Pepper, your taste buds gets stimulated. They send signals to your stomach to increase its production of hydrochloric acid. This acid helps your body digest food so you don’t suffer from indigestion.

Cold/Congestion – the best medicine for cold/sore throat/congestion is black pepper. In India we prepare rasam with pepper when we get cold. We can powder the black pepper, add little honey and have the paste every morning. If we have it in a small amount also helps reducing cold. When I get severe cold, I would take 4 to 5 peppercorns and chew it. Though very spicy, its a great relief.

Weight loss — Yes, black pepper is one which increases urination and sweating. This extracts the unwanted toxins in the body and aids weight loss.

Prevents Cancer — Black Peppers helps preventing cancer. The piperine content of black pepper plays a key role in preventing cancers. It further stated that when combined with turmeric its anticancer properties are heightened. Apart from the piperine, black pepper also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, flavonoids, carotenes and other anti-oxidants that help remove harmful free radicals and protect the body from cancers and diseases

Instead of using Red/green chilies, we can substitute with Black peppers.