Long Pepper fruit *
Long pepper is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic herbs. The botanical name is Piper longum and it belongs to the family Piperaceae. It is primarily made up of volatile oil, resin, piperine, piperlongumine, piperine, Pippalartin, Piplartine.*
The fruit of this Long Pepper plant is commonly known as Pippali. In addition to being something that helps people in stress and sleep conditions, Piper Longum reconciles the digestive functions and relieves the problems related to, abdominal discomfort, flatulence, acidity etc. It is also useful as a brain tonic.*
Piperine is a substance found in the plant Piper Longum. Black pepper Oleoresin or Long pepper Oleoresin is used as the source of Piperine. Researchers proved that piperine may serve as a potential functional food to improve brain function. Ref: Food and Chemical Toxicology, volume 46, Issue 9, Sept. 2008. Pages 3106-3110.*
Researchers proved that piperine possesses potent anti-depressant like properties that are mediated in part through the inhibition of MAO activity and therefore, represent a promising candidate as anti-depressant agent. Ref: Chemical and pharmaceutical Bulletin vol 53 (2005), No7832. Seon A lee, Seong Su Hong, Xiang Hua Han, Ji Sang, H Wang, Gabjinoh, Kyong, Soon Lee, Myung Koolee, Bang Yeon Hwang and Jai Seup Ro. College of Pharmacy Chungbuk University Korea; Samjin Pharmacy Co. Ltd; Research Centre for Bioresaource and Health, Chungbuk National University Korea.*
Piper longum is widely used in Ayurveda for conditions of respiratory systems like bronchitis, asthma, and stress relief, sleep disruptions etc. Piperine increases thermogenesis. It also improves the bioavailability of the nutritive substances such as beta carotene, Curcumin selenium, pyroxidine (B6), glucose and amino acids.*
Piperine could help relieve inflammation, asthma, digestion problems and improves production of Serotonin a phenolic amine neurotransmitter, which is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is found esp. in the brain, blood serum and gastric mucous membrane of mammals and to known as also as 5-HT. 5 – hydroxytryamine.*
Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only.
*Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any herbs or products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.