Black pepper is known as the Lord of All Spices. Read how it can be used to combat neurological disorders.
"And the next time you season, not only do you use salt, but also black pepper, which helps and treats you and the physical and mental health of your future generation."  Black pepper has its origin mainly in the Indian state of Western Ghats of Kerela. Now it is grown in large part in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and to a limited extent in Maharashtra, the northeastern states and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is also grown in other tropical countries. Currently, Vietnam is the largest producer and exporter of black pepper, followed by India, Brazil and Indonesia.
What is black pepper?
- Black pepper is the world's most commonly used seasoning seasoning.
- It has a sharp, pungent smell and taste.
- It is a universal spice with high nutritional value.
- It gives every food the best taste.
What good is black pepper?
- It consists of riboflavin, thiamine, sodium, potassium, chlorine and has a calorific value of zero. It also contains a certain amount of protein.
- It is a rich source of vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, iron, fiber and chromium.
- It is not only filled with good nutritional values but can also combat various diseases and strengthen our immune system.
- Black pepper has antioxidant and antitumor properties and is therefore extremely helpful in breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.
- The consumption of black pepper facilitates digestion.
- With its outer layer, fats in the cell are broken down and can thus be used effectively for weight loss.
- In Ayurveda, black pepper is used for a long time as an element to alleviate the respiratory tract.
- It is used to clean the airways for cough, cold and related ailments.
- A well-known fact about this spice is that piperine in black pepper helps in curing depression.
There are a number of other benefits of black pepper, but the new study shows that piperine can be used in neurological disorders
What is the new study?
- Piperine in black paper can be used to heal the fragile X-associated tremor / ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) by a research team from the Indian Institute of Technology – Indore.
- FXTAS is generally a problem with movement and thinking (cognition) that leads to tremor, Parkinson's and cognitive decline.
- This is essentially caused by a mutation in a gene called FMR1 (Fragile X Mental Retardation 1) and is due to the excessive presence of RNA repeats at a specific site of the gene.
- There are usually 55 RNA repeats in a human body, but patients suffering from FXTAS have 200 repeating RNAs.
- This multiplicity of repeat RNAs leads to cytotoxicity in nerve cells.
- Researchers around the world have tried to correct the mutation with chemical molecules, but they have not succeeded so far.
- The research team noted that the black pepper pipeline interacted with repeated RNAs and the level of toxicity in the RNA reduced neuronal cells.
Amit Kumar, leader of this study, said that piperine is popularly known for its anti-carcinogenic, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, cell death inhibiting, antidepressant, antioxidant, nephron-protective, and other related topics. The researchers' analysis shows that piperine plays the most effective role in FXTAS therapy.
Read also: Leprosy in India: "eliminated" in 2005, but still under control due to ignorance  Two different cell lines were taken from FXTAS patients who contained repeating RNAs and had the characteristic of the disease. The therapy of CGC repeats is essential for various diseases, including FXTAS. This pipeline has been tested on FXTAS patients and has given surprising results, but it still needs to be confirmed on appropriate animal models, as argued by Krishnananda Chattopadhyay, a CSIR scientist who was not involved in the research.
The team of this research included Amit Kumar, Arun Kumar Verma, Eshan Khan, Subodh Kr Mishra and Neha Jain, the results of which were published in the ACS Chemical Neuroscience Journal.
Next time, add black pepper to your food and experience a new set of tastes and benefits for your life !!!
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Written by Tavishi Dogra
Source: NurMyHealth Editorial Staff 01. July 2019