Superfood effects: The world’s most traded spice is a superfood in its own right. According to James Duke, Ph.D., former chief of the USDA’s Medicinal Plant Resource Center, black pepper is the spice with the most potent anti-osteoporosis properties. It’s also rich in copper, an essential trace mineral needed for bone health and healthy red blood cell creation. Humans don’t need a lot of copper, but low levels can cause thyroid problems and irregular heartbeat.
Use it: Buy whole peppercorns and grind fresh for the best flavor. Pepper is versatile; add it to anything you’d like!
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