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Black Pepper is a common spice that you may use daily to spice up your food. Black pepper comes from the berry of the pepper plant Piper nigrum. It has been cultivated as a spice throughout the history and used to enhance the flavor of most foods around the world. Black pepper has several nutritional benefits and medicinal properties. Black pepper contains iron, vitamin K, and manganese. It enhances the absorption of beta-carotene, vitamin Bs, and selenium. Peperine the compound in the black pepper has been shown to have anticarcinogenic and antioxidant properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, black pepper is used to ease colds, heart problem, breathing and diabetes. Black pepper has been known to relieve indigestion, heartburn, gas, diarrhea and constipation. So go ahead and sprinkle pepper on your food to get a small benefit and flavor.