Does ground pepper have inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effects in the body?
You are dining at your favorite upscale restaurant and the waitstaff comes over and offers to grind some pepper on your salad. Studies have shown that if you inject the human equivalent of about half a cup of ground pepper into the veins of mice they die slow agonizing deaths, but what have new human studies shown? Is black pepper harmful? Harmless? Helpful? How many say harmful, back away from the table, leave my salad alone! How many people say harmless, could go either way. And how many think the latest science says black pepper is actually nutritionally helpful?
According to the latest and greatest: good for you. Anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, andticancer effects. When it comes to having that heart-to-heart with your pet mouse about shooting up, though, tell her Just Say No.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Soymilk: shake it up!