Side-effects of Black Pepper

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 14, 2014

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Black pepper has been an age old remedy to treat several disorders. One must, however, be highly cautious about the amount of black pepper that is being consumed. Improper amount can cause serious effects on the body, some of which can be fatal too.
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    A Background Check

    In the native of the land of spices, India, black pepper has been used to add flavour to the food. Besides adding zing to the dish, black pepper is also traditionally used in India to treat diseases like diarrhea and an Ayurvedic preparation called Trikatu is prescribed to treat a variety of other disorders. However, the usage of black pepper is only safe when consumed in food amounts. When taken in large quantities it may have side effects on your body. Here is a list to keep you aware of its bad effects.

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    Fatal Results

    When large amounts of black pepper are taken by mouth, there are chances that they may accidentally get inside the lungs. This accident consumption has been reported to cause death also. This especially happens in children.

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    Redness of Skin

    When black pepper is applied directly to the skin it is safe for most adults. However, it may cause some redness and burning sensation to some people on the skin.

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    When consumed in normal amounts, black pepper does not harm pregnancy. But, taking large amounts may be unsafe as it can trigger miscarriage. Also, applying black pepper directly to the skin must be avoided during pregnancy.

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    Gastrointestinal Adverse Effects

    The possible effects of consuming black pepper in medicinal form by mouth may result in an upset stomach or other gastrointestinal effects. Patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders must limit the intake of black pepper.

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    Esophageal Cancer

    It is believed that there may be a link between indigestion of black pepper and nasopharyngeal or esophageal cancer. This is a controversial belief though.

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    Cautious Usage of Drugs

    Black pepper has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain relieving effects on the body. Thus, it is believed that it must be cautiously used with drugs which create similar effects.

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    Cautious Usage with Herbs

    Black pepper must be consumed with precaution when taken with herbs or supplements as it may introduce changes in the transit time of other agents in the body and may hamper the effects of these agents.

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