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More than just a kitchen staple: black pepper for stronger immunity

Even if you don't exactly love it you can't overlook the benefits of black pepper! The omnipresent spice is often called the 'king of spices' and we'll tell you why.

Commonly referred to as 'kali mirch,' this spice is rich in a plant compound called piperine that is known to have antioxidant properties. This is why you're often told to chew on the spicy kali mirch when your throat is giving you a hard time.

Black pepper's anti-bacterial nature may help beat the flu, all you've got to do is eat a teaspoon of honey with crushed black pepper. The spice helps prevent oxidative stress caused by free radicals in the body.

Black pepper is also believed to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease problems like arthritis. When coupled with turmeric, its healthy properties become even more effective.

Rich in vitamin C, A, carotenes and flavonoids, several small studies in the past have claimed that the kitchen staple may help reduce appetite and aid digestion, thereby helping you lose weight.

Freshly crushed black pepper can be added to almost any dish. The versatile spice can be sprinkled on salads, soups, curries or steak. You can marinate your fish or chicken with some spicy peppercorns.

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