It is a common knowledge that mankind relies so much on spices as the key ingredient for preparing and processing food all over the world. However, it is important to understand that plants/weeds that are used as spices must possess strong pungent and aromatic scents to make dishes very delectable. Therefore, in this article, I will be unveiling the top health benefits of Negro pepper.
These species must be dried plants or weeds that are used to give flavor and aroma to our meal. A very good example of such is the Negro pepper. Read also 11 Foods That Can Help Strengthen Your Bones
Remember, the term “spice” is associated with hotness and pungency; in all honesty, only few plants are suited to transmit a pungent quality to the food, and one of such is Negro Pepper.
Origin of Negro Pepper
Negro Pepper as it were originated from Tropical Africa (Ethiopia to Ghana), these are the places where the duo of species X aethiopica, and the species X striata are readily used for local cooking. It is also reported that in Southern America for instance, the species X aromatica also known as burro pepper has been appreciatively used by some many persons.
The Negro pepper (xylopia aethiopica) is one of the major spices that are used in the preparation of local foods and medicines in sub-Saharan Africa region. It is from the Amonaceae family and it is commonly called Hwentia in Akan–Asante – Ghana; Kimba in Hausa – Nigeria, Uda in Igbo – Nigeria, and Erunje or Erinje in Yoruba also in Nigeria.
Negro pepper has a smoky aroma and its size is about 5mm length. This seed is usually the main ingredients for making spicy black pepper sauce mostly in West Africa nations. For instance, in Nigeria, pepper soup is not complete without using Negro Pepper seeds as a spice.
It can be used solo or mixed with garlic or ginger for making herbal tea, and can also be used as a preservative. Don’t miss reading these 11 Foods that lower blood sugar instantly without insulin
It will interest you to know that Negro Pepper seed possesses great nutritional and medicinal properties that contain high essential phytochemical compoundslike copper, zinc, protein, camphene, manganese, alkaloids, Diter penic, Limonene, Folic acid, Flavanoid, Vitamins: A, B1, B2, C and E; all of which are highly beneficial for humans.
Here are top 8 health benefits of Negro pepper:
1. Anti-Oxidant Agent
Negro Pepper contains anti-oxidants that fight infections. Recall that inflammation is the body’s way of responding to injuries, infections, wounds, and any damage to tissue.
Negro Pepper seed contains an abundant amount of high anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidant agents that help to fight any free radical effects in the body.
2. Good for New Mothers
When a new mother (woman who just gave birth) consumes pepper soup made of Negro pepper, it helps to clear off every blood clot in the womb after delivery.
3. Treats Skin Infections
Do you struggle with skin problems? Negro Pepper seed has been proven to be a great remedy for treating skin conditions like boils, itches, skin eruptions to mention a few.
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4. Treats Menstrual Challenges
Negro pepper can be taken to treat menstrual issues like amenorrhea or PMS syndrome. In traditional medicine, Negro Pepper black pepper pod is given to increase blood flow during menstruation.
5. Relieves Gastrointestinal Problems
Gastrointestinal disorders are health conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract [oesophagus, stomach, rectum, small and large intestine]. This includes stomach ache, irritable bowel syndrome, dysentery, gastric ulcers, indigestion, flatulence, etc. The leaves of Negro Pepper are found to be aseptic in nature, meaning that they are capable of relieving the aforementioned internal disorders.
6. Cures Rheumatism/Arthritis
The bark of Negro Pepper tree has anti-arthritic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties that can be used in treating a myriad of rheumatic disorders, including arthritic pain.
7. Treats Malaria/Fever
Negro Pepper seed is packed with some potent ant malarial properties and can be used for preparing local remedy for reducing the risk/effect of malaria in humans.
8. Improves Respiratory System
Studies reveal that the bark of Negro Pepper tree contains some potent properties, which are very effective in treating respiratory system diseases, including the common cold, bacterial pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis.