Black pepper, a spice used as a seasoning all over the world
And which has many benefits, especially for Fat burn. So let’s take a little more interest in this spice used for centuries in oriental medicine to deal with multiple peculiarities of health.
Why ? It contains, among other things, a powerful compound that gives black pepper its piquant taste: piperine.
Black pepper and fat burning !
That’s what you’re really interested in right… ? Some spices are known to temporarily increase thermogenesis, heat production, resulting in a slight increase in metabolic rate. This is why piperine or black pepper is found in many fat burner supplements. Black pepper has the potential to stimulate gastric secretions and increase the metabolic rate. Thus the body “burns” fat at a faster rate. However do not rely on this as an effective weight loss strategy. The increase in metabolism is very small and there is little or no research in humans that demonstrates that adding black pepper to your meals has significant metabolic benefits on burning calories.
Black pepper can also potentially block the formation of new fat cells !
Recent results from scientific studies suggest that piperine, a major component of black pepper, inhibits differentiation of fat cells… which leads to its potential use as a dietary supplement or to the treatment of overweight people with metabolic disorders. But before you start and mix chocolate ice cream with black pepper, it is interesting to note that the studies were carried out on cells grown in a petri dish containing mouse cells ! Charged with piperine concentrations 100 times higher than can never be reached in the blood. It puts things in perspective, right ? However, if other studies confirm these effects on humans, black pepper could in the future offer a natural alternative as an effective and recognized fat-burner.
Black pepper and digestion
Black pepper stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is essential for the digestion of proteins and other nutrients. Without enough of this acid, your diet can confuse your gastrointestinal system by starting with your stomach, causing indigestion as well as gas and other intestinal ailments. Black pepper is also a carminative, it lowers the formation of intestinal gas.
Black pepper and nutrients
Two teaspoons of black pepper make it an excellent source of manganese and vitamin K. It remains to know how to integrate them into your daily diet! Black pepper also helps store more efficiently other minerals such as potassium and calcium in the body. Piperin is said to increase the bio availability of nutrients to the body.
Piperin and absorption
Thus piperine also has the advantage of increasing the absorption and bio availability of nutrients and other supplements. A simple example is turmeric, a source of an anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Originally Curcuma / curcumin is not well absorbed and metabolized by the body. Taking it alone is virtually useless. But when you combine piperine with curcumin, it drastically increases its absorption! The black pepper extract is therefore used to improve the absorption of other supplements which are in the form of glucuronide (also curcumin). With its active ingredient, piperine, black pepper is capable of modifying supplement metabolism as well as drugs. A process that occurs in the liver, called glucuronidation. This process prevents excessive levels of drugs and supplements in the body (and signals their urinary excretion), but also sometimes inhibits their absorption and makes supplements useless (in fact, glucuronidation is the conversion of chemical compounds into glucuronides. A method used by animals to assist in the excretion of toxic substances or other substances that can not be used as a source of energy). However, in some other cases, this can lead to high levels of certain compounds in the blood. This can be good or bad depending on the context. But no matter, you have to be careful with the consumption of this compound.
Pepper could be beneficial in other ways. Piperine can help lower blood pressure and prevent oxidative stress that can damage the arteries. So there does not seem to be any harm in adding a little more pepper to your food. It is a good way to add flavor without adding salt, fat or calories: Feel free to sprinkle everything ! But remember that many of these applications require consumption of high amounts of black pepper extract!