All About Black Pepper
Black pepper is a very common spice with medicinal properties. It has been used for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, stimulatory, antimicrobial, and insecticidal effects.
Black Pepper Research
Over 40 research articles have been catalogued on black pepper. Human studies have demonstrated potential as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Two studies showed reduced osteoarthritis symptoms in patients and one study suggested black pepper as a potential ingredient in oral hygiene. More research is needed. In vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, anticancer, chemopreventative, sedative, antidepressive, anticonvulsive, skin lightening, immunostimulating, hepatuoprotective, and drug enhanching activities. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
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Back Pepper Herb, Spice, and Essential Oil
Latin Name: Piper nigrum
- Pepper plant, peppercorn, pimenta, piperine
- Not to be confused with cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum) or paprika (Capsicum annuum)
The plant is a perennial woody vine native to India and grown in tropical climates.
Small peppercorn balls are typically ground into a usable powder.
Essential Oil Description
The pepper corns are steam distilled to create a thin, clear to pale yellow or green oil that is fresh, woody, pungent and spicy.
- Piperine and Piperine Isomers
- d-Limonene / Limonene / Dipentene
- Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
- Carene / Delta-3-Carene
- Caryophyllene / Beta-Caryophyllene / Alpha-Caryophyllene / Humulene / Alpha-Humulene
- Piperic Acid
- Elemene / Beta Elemene
- Minerals including magnesium, aluminum, potassium, calcium, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc