How black pepper fights obesity

Researchers have offered a long-sought explanation for the beneficial fat-fighting effects of black pepper.

The research pinpoints piperine – the pungent-tasting substance that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, concluding that piperine also can block the formation of new fat cells.

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Soo-Jong Um, Ji-Cheon Jeong and colleagues describe previous studies indicating that piperine reduces fat levels in the bloodstream and has other beneficial health effects.

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Black pepper and the black pepper plant, they noted, have been used for centuries in traditional Eastern medicine to treat gastrointestinal distress, pain, inflammation and other disorders.

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