Long Pepper (Piper Longum), Stress and Sleep, benefits

Benefits of Long Pepper for Sleep and Stress

By Veena Deo

Piper longum is primarily made up of volatile oil, resin, piperine, piperlongumine, pipperin, Pippalartin, Piplartine.

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, dyspepsia, anorexia, abdominal pain, flatulence, acidity etc. It is also useful as a brain tonic.

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Piperine is a substance found in the plant Piper longun. Black pepper Oleoresin or Long pepper Oleoresin is used as the source of Piperine.

Researchers proved that piperine may be serve as a potential functional food to improve brain function. Ref. Food and Chemical Toxicology.

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 pharmacotherapeutic candidate as anti-depressant agent. Ref. Chemical and pharmaceutical Bulletin vol 53.

Piper longum is widely used in Ayurvedic for problems related to respiratory system like bronchitis, ashtama, 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 relieves inflammation, pain and asthma improves digestion and improves production of Serotonin a phenolic amine neurotransmitter,  is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is found esp. in the brain, blood serum and gastric mucous membrane of mammals and to known as also 5-HT. 5 – hydroxytryamine.

Product that have Long pepper along with Nutmeg and Ashwagandha are known to help relieve stress and help people with sleep problems. A boon to insomniacs. As a combination these products provide a synergistic effect.

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 advise. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult please send an email to





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