Black pepper contains a potent antioxidant called piperine, which may help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.
Animal studies have demonstrated that black pepper contains an anti-inflammatory agent. Still, it is unknown whether the same effects occur in humans.
In animal studies, black pepper extract improved symptoms of degenerative brain diseases, but human studies are necessary to confirm these results.
Black pepper extract may improve blood sugar regulation, but additional study is required.
Black pepper has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, and it is considered to enhance the absorption of possible cholesterol-lowering supplements.
In test-tube studies, black pepper contains an active compound that slowed the replication of cancer cells and induced their death.
According to preliminary research, black pepper may increase the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Piperine, which is found in black pepper, may be a natural analgesic, according to studies conducted on rodents but not yet on humans.