Through fossils, Archaeologists have discovered that the prehistoric people of India used peppercorns as a spice for seasoning. The Malabar region of India – the southern lands between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea – is said to be the source of black pepper. Black pepper is the fruit (or berry) of a flowering vine in the Piperaceae plant family. The berry is cultivated, dried, and used as spice.

Over time, black pepper became known as the king of spices around the world. Not only used for cooking, it was used for its healing properties and mystic vibe. The Egyptians used it in their mummification rituals, inserting peppercorns into nostrils Ramesses II’s mummy. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, was known to use black pepper for medicinal purposes. Through the Middle Ages, black pepper was often referred to as black gold. Peppercorns were treasured for trading and sometimes used for bartering.

According to GreenHealthMatters.com, adding black pepper to your diet could help you lose weight. It is a thermogenic spice that has been shown to decrease belly fat (visceral fat). Boosting metabolism, peppercorn’s outer layer creates an enzymatic reaction that may assist in the breakdown of fat cells, helping you to lose weight. Besides weight loss, black pepper is known for its natural anti-depressant attributes, improving mood. It also contains antioxidants that fight free radicals. Here are a few black pepper concoctions to try to help with your weight loss efforts. Use fresh ground black pepper for best results.
Black Pepper And Lemon Juice Elixir

Everydayroots.com suggests creating a ground black pepper and lemon juice elixir. Black pepper along with the fresh lemon juice is said to interfere with the creation of fat cells. By reducing fat cells, circulation is increased and nutrients are absorbed more quickly. Besides that, you will feel lighter. Pour the juice of ½ of an organic fresh lemon into an eight ounce glass of water. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Take the elixir once daily after a meal.

Black Pepper Tea

Try adding fresh ground black pepper to your favorite tea. Be careful, not too much. Create your own black pepper tea by adding 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper to two cups hot water. Add a tablespoon of organic clover honey and a splash of fresh lemon juice for added flavor. Stir and enjoy.

A teaspoon of fresh ground pepper contains a trace of fat, 0.6 grams of fiber, 3.8 micrograms of vitamin K, and only six calories. Coffeetea.com suggests adding black pepper to Masala Spice Tea (my favorite). Some people like fresh ground pepper in their beer. If you do not like adding ground pepper to your teas, water, beer, or cocktails, just sprinkle on top of your daily meals. It’s just that easy. Another option is to purchase black pepper supplements with added curcumin to increase absorption into the body.

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