By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 8 January 2010)
Black pepper stimulates the secretion of stomach acid, which improves digestion and helps prevent intestinal gas. It also has antibacterial properties and is a good source of health-protecting antioxidants.
Black pepper is a diuretic, which means that it promotes urination, which helps to prevent water retention. Additionally, it stimulates fat cell breakdown, which aids in the maintenance of a healthy weight.
Fresh-ground black pepper is a wonderful addition to any savoury dish, dressing, or sauce.
For a full list of healthy herbs and spices and the reference list for this information series, see the main High-Antioxidant Herbs and Spices page.