People know that salt is injurious to health. However, adding another element to the list is black pepper.

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For centuries people have thought that black pepper has some effect on the body. Black pepper has been

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a part of traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine for thousands of years. These are dried berries of Piper nigrum vine.

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Ayurvedic practitioners believe it to have "carminative" properties—that is, it relieves flatulence

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And in traditional Chinese medicine, black pepper is used to treat epilepsy.

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Modern science shows that black pepper does indeed offer health benefits, primarily as a result of

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an alkaloid called piperine – the chemical that gives black pepper its pungent taste, and a powerful antioxidant.

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Antioxidants are molecules that remove harmful substances called "free radicals".

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