The spicy ingredient found in black pepper that makes us sneeze also helps weight loss, a study shows. Black pepper successfully combats the excess fat in the body and prevents the accumulation of new fat. Researchers believe that black pepper needs to be used in treating obesity.
It is also recommended to add 1/2 tsp ground black pepper to green tea in the struggle for weight loss. This enhances the tea's effect.
This, of course, is not the only benefit that black pepper can provide. The spice has antibacterial properties - it is exceptionally effective in treating cold, cough, angina.
Mix 1 cup of honey with 1 tbsp black pepper - stir well so that the pepper is distributed everywhere. Drink 1 tsp from this blend at least 3 times a day. The recipe is effective for bronchitis and angina.
There is another version of this recipe - besides black pepper and honey, use nutmeg. Add 1/2 tsp of it to the honey as well. Take 1 tsp of the mixture but don't swallow the remedy right away - keep it in your mouth for awhile.
Against sore throat there is another recipe, for this one you will need brandy. This method is not suitable for giving to pregnant women, infants and small children.
Take a strip of cotton, long enough to go around your neck, soak it in brandy and sprinkle it with black pepper. Then place the cotton to your throat and put a wool scarf on top. Leave this compress on overnight.
You can also make mulled wine, in which black pepper is also added, this time as peppercorns. This recipe will quickly provide relief and get rid of your cough and cold.
Black pepper can also be used to improve digestion, for respiratory problems, sexual disorders, joint pain, muscle, nerve and other problems.
According to a recent study, the piperine contained in black pepper enhances cognitive functions in the brain and is good at fighting depression.