21 Amazing Benefits Of Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) For Skin, Hair, And Health September 19, 2016

Black Pepper is one of the most common spices used in different cuisines around the world. It is used in both the whole and the grounded form. It is used in both the whole and the grounded form. It contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin K and vitamin C. Apart from a strong flavor, it also has certain health benefits which must be taken into account.

Black pepper aids digestion and also helps in relieving cough and common cold. Millions of people who consume black pepper every day might not be aware of the fact that it is classified as a medicinal spice and is very rich in mineral content. It also has an antibiotic property. Let us delve deeper into the benefits of black pepper for the human body.

SpeciesP. nigrum
Binomial name Piper nigrum
Common Namesblack pepper, white pepper, green pepper, peppercorn, Madagascar pepper (English)
Indian Names Kali Mirch (Hindi), Miriyalu (Telugu), Milagu (Tamil), Kurumulaku (Malayalam), Kada Mari (Gujarati), Mire (Marathi) and Golmarich (Bengali)

 The Rich Contents Of Black Pepper

This seemingly small black spice is packed with an array of rich properties that can improve your health. Essential nutrients such as manganese, potassium, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamins C and K can be found in black pepper. It has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an amazing medicinal spice. Apart from helping in treating cough, cold and other diseases like cancer and intestinal problems, adding it to your daily diet helps in improving your skin and hair.

Benefits Of Black Pepper

Black Pepper Health Benefits

1. Antibiotic Properties

Black pepper has natural antibiotic characteristics owing to its vitamin C content. It curbs harmful free radical reactions. This is one of the prime uses of black pepper (1).

2. Gastro Diseases

Black pepper eases the digestion process by secreting hydrochloric acid as an alert before food consumption and hence, helps in the prevention of diseases related to the intestine and the stomach (2).

3. Bacterial Infections

Black pepper helps in treating diseases caused due to bacteria. The influence of black pepper has been observed while treating conditions like constipation, diarrhea and colic (3).

4. Cough And Cold

Surprisingly, the spice also acts as a remedy for cough and cold. The antibacterial properties of black pepper are used for treating respiratory disorders (4).

5. Flu And Congestion

Black pepper eases congestion (5). The free radical scavenging activity of black pepper helps in the treatment of cancer. It slows down the activity of some types of cancer. Black pepper finds its application in skin cancer as well (6).

6. Free Radical Suspension

It generates free radical killing action that curbs the cancerous activities in the body (7).

7. Metabolism

Black pepper helps in boosting the metabolism in the body. It burns the unwanted calories and helps in reducing belly fat. Black pepper is very effective against obesity. The daily consumption of black pepper helps in reducing stomach-related problems (8).

8. Skin Treatment

The use of black pepper in your diet helps to improve skin conditions and promotes weight loss (9). Black pepper also finds application in Ayurveda.

9. Dental Health

Black pepper is helpful in improving the dental health. It helps fight tooth decay and provides quick relief from toothache (10).

10. Anti-Depressant

Black pepper is a natural anti-depressant. Piperine present in black pepper acts as an anti-depressant and stimulates the nervous system. As a result, the cognitive capacity is improved (11).

[ Read: Cayenne Pepper  Benefits ]

11. Carminative

Black pepper essential oil exhibits carminative properties. It helps prevent and treat flatulence. It inhibits the growth of bacteria, which cause gas.

12. Antiarthritic

It is the most useful property of black pepper essential oil. The oil has a warming effect, which helps improve circulation and provide relief from arthritic and rheumatic pains. Black pepper essential oil helps cleanse unwanted toxins like uric acid from the blood and benefits people who are suffering from rheumatism, gout, and arthritis.

13. Aperient

Black pepper essential oil has purgative properties like castor oil. However, unlike castor oil it is good for the system. It cleanses the intestine and prevents infection in the digestive system and the excretory system. Black pepper essential oil contains piperine, which exhibits mild laxative properties.

14. Diuretic And Diaphoretic

Black pepper essential oil stimulates urination and sweating. Thus, it displays diuretic and diaphoretic characteristics. These properties help purge excess toxins from the body and cleanse the skin. It helps rid the body of uric acid and excess salts. It helps lower blood pressure and reduce fat. Thus, it can help you lose weight. Its diuretic property also helps reduce inflammation.

15. Regulates Blood Pressure

Black pepper essential oil contains potassium, which helps keep your blood pressure in check and ensures that it does not get to an unhealthy or dangerously high level.

Black Pepper Skin Benefits

Are you looking for a healthy and glowing skin? Have you tried out various products in the market but are not happy yet? It’s time to try out one of the best and most natural ingredients for your skin that is right there on your kitchen shelf! The black pepper has skin benefits that no other spice can match.

Here’s a quick look at how this potent spice can do wonders for your skin:

16. Vitiligo Cure

Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes the skin to lose its pigmentation in certain areas. When your skin loses its natural pigmentation, it turns white. There are many different treatments for this skin disease, but a majority of them involve the use of harsh chemicals. Many patients are now turning to black pepper as a cure. According to some researchers from London, Piperine found in black pepper stimulates the production of pigmentation in the skin, providing a safe, natural alternative to chemical-based treatments (12).

17. Goodbye Wrinkles

The high amount of antioxidants present in black pepper helps your skin by protecting it against the symptoms of premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots (13). Instead of buying expensive creams and serums that promise to rejuvenate your skin, add black pepper to your daily diet and see its miraculous effect on your skin.

18. Cancer Prevention

Black pepper is a well-known deterrent against skin cancer that is caused by excessive exposure to harmful UV radiation (14).

19. Exfoliation

Crush some black pepper and make a scrub to remove dead skin cells and exfoliate your skin. This will help remove toxins from your skin, leaving it soft and radiant. Black pepper also helps promote blood circulation and provides more oxygen and nutrients to your skin (15). Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties help prevent acne.

Black Pepper Hair Benefits

If you thought the benefits of black pepper were limited only to your skin, you are mistaken. This spice has amazing properties to give you beautiful and healthy hair.

Here are a few ways that black pepper works on your hair:

20. Dandruff Treatment

If you are suffering from dandruff problems, black pepper is the best treatment. Add a teaspoonful of crushed pepper to a bowl of curd and apply it on your scalp, leaving it on for 30 minutes or so. Wash off with water. Do not use shampoo. If you want, you can shampoo the next day, as this will give the mixture ample time to work on dandruff. Remember not to overdo the pepper as an excess of this ingredient will make your scalp burn, causing extreme discomfort (16).

21. Hair Revitalization

Mix a teaspoonful of ground black pepper and lemon seeds and apply to your scalp and hair. This will revitalize your hair, making it shiny, lustrous and soft. Leave the mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

How To Select And Store The Magical Spice?

Black pepper can be found in crushed and whole varieties. Whole peppercorns are better as they are mostly adulterated. While purchasing whole peppercorns, always make sure that they are small, heavy, and free of blemishes.

To store black pepper, keep them in a glass jar that is well-sealed and airtight and store the container in a cool and dry place. Ground pepper can be stored for about three months while whole peppercorns can be stored for an indefinite amount of time. Freezing pepper is also a great storage method, although the taste may change a little and become stronger.

Make Your Recipes Yummier With Black Pepper

  • Black pepper complements almost every dish.
  • To get the best flavor, crush the whole pepper before adding it to the dish you are preparing.
  • Peppercorns can be crushed and used to cover your steaks before cooking them. This will give them that little extra punch.
  • Use it with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt to make a mouth-watering salad dressing that will give your raw veggies a little bit of zing.
  • Keep a pepper grinder on your dining table so that you can always add a dash of pepper to the dishes you serve.

Black Pepper Nutrition Chart USDA

PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy255 Kcal13%
Carbohydrates64.81 g49%
Protein10.95 g19.5%
Total Fat3.26 g11%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber26.5 g69%
Choline11.3 mg2%
Folic acid10 mcg2.5%
Niacin1.142 mg7%
Pyridoxine0.340 mg26%
Riboflavin0.240 mg18%
Thiamin0.109 mg9%
Vitamin A299 IU10%
Vitamin C21 mg35%
Vitamin E-γ4.56 mg30%
Vitamin K163.7 mcg136%
Sodium44 mg3%
Potassium1259 mg27%
Calcium437 mg44%
Copper1.127 mg122%
Iron28.86 mg360%
Magnesium194 mg48.5%
Manganese5.625 mg244.5%
Phosphorus173 mg25%
Zinc1.42 mg13%
Phyto- nutrients
Carotene-β156 mcg
Carotene-α0 mcg
Crypto-xanthin-β48 mcg
Lutein-zeaxanthin205 mcg
Lycopene6 mcg

Black pepper should be consumed in moderate quantities and not in excess as it is a spice and not a food type. When used with other ingredients like turmeric, fenugreek, cinnamon and cumin, it formulates a great combination of spices. In one tablespoon (6 grams) of black pepper, there are 15.9 calories, 4.1 grams of carbohydrates and 0 grams of fat and cholesterol. Sodium content is about 3mg, carbohydrates are 4 grams, and dietary fibers are 2 grams.

Black pepper has vitamin C content of about 2% of the dietary value; calcium content of 3% of what can be consumed in your diet and iron that has a 10% dietary value share. Proteins are a decent 0.7 grams.

For centuries, people have used black pepper in their recipes and have benefited from all the wonderful properties. So, join the black pepper revolution and get that beautiful skin and hair you’ve always wanted!

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  • Daksha

    Nice tips :)

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  • Prerna

    I love using black pepper in my food, but I was completely unaware of these amazing health and hair benefits. The ‘hot’ pepper has definitely earned a brownie point as I’ll try to use it for other purposes. Thank you for sharing such an interesting article, Maansi! Keep sharing more such posts :)

  • Menakhi

    A very comprehensive article! Black pepper not only enhances the taste but adds immense nutritional value to your dish. Knowing its health benefits, I just can’t stop myself in including them into almost all my recipes. Thanks for sharing :)

  • hakee

    useful……. nice thanks