Botanical Name: Piper nigrum
English Name: White Pepper
Tamil Name: வெள்ளை மிளகு – Vellai Milagu
Hindi Name: सफ़ेद मिर्च /safed mirch
Malayalam Name: വെളുത്ത കുരുമുളക് / veḷutta kurumuḷak
White pepper or Piper nigrum is a flowering plant from the family of Piperaceae. Black and white peppercorns are both the fruit of the pepper plants, but the process is different.
Black peppercorns are taken when it is almost ripe and sun-dried, turning the outer layer black.
White pepper is prepared by removing the outer layer once before or after drying, leaving only the inner seed.
Peppercorns are said to be the most common culinary spice in the world. It has been used throughout history in herbal medicine and to preserve food. Due to the health benefits of white pepper, it is also used to treat some health problems.
White pepper does not have sodium and saturated fat. So this can makes it a safe food for blood pressure patients this is good for people looking forward to a healthy diet.
White pepper consists of 23% of carbohydrate level, and 104 % of the dietary level is per 100 grams of white pepper. White pepper provides 296 calories per 100 grams. Also, Vitamin C is 35 %, and calcium is 26% in white pepper.
White pepper contains Zinc, and this helps in improving sperm motility and increases sperm count. Muscle density and hair growth are facilitated with zinc.
There are no known side effects with this herb.
1. Fight cancer
Dalhousie University Research suggests that white pepper fight against colon cancer.
2. Aid indigestion
White pepper helps to discharge the more hydrochloric acid, which is essential for digesting proteins and other food components. Also, white pepper owns a rich amount of fiber. Fiber accelerates peristaltic motion and improve the discharge of gastric juices, which make the digestion easy, prevents constipation, and safeguard the body from critical conditions like colorectal cancer.
3. Energy production and antioxidant defense
White pepper offers a detailed amount of manganese, which is a primary cofactor in some proteins which are important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.
4. Dental health
White pepper cures tooth decay and provides quick relief from toothache.
5. Skin conditions
Piperine, in white pepper, can fight against skin disease called vitiligo that affects the skin and make it lose their pigmentation.