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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredBlack pepper (Piper nigrum), or peppercorn, stimulates the taste buds in such a way that an alert is sent to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.
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Robin Miller, MD, Integrative Medicine, answered
Those little black flecks do more than add heat to your food. Scientists have recently discovered that peppering your food has healthy payoffs, according to integrative medicine specialist Dr. Robin Miller. Learn how to boost those benefits by watching the video.
Bryce B. Wylde, Alternative/complementary Medicine, answeredPiperine, the active compound in black pepper, may help interrupt the self-renewing process of cancer-initiating stem cells, according to new research out of Michigan. It works by limiting the number of stem cells in your body. And, by limiting the number of stem cells, theoretically, you also limit the number of cells with the potential to form tumors. The lead study author, Madhuri Kakarala, MD, PhD, is a clinical lecturer in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.