Side-effects of Black Pepper

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.

Vasudha Bhat
Written by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Oct 14, 2014

A Background Check

A Background Check
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Fatal Results

Fatal Results
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Redness of Skin

Redness of Skin
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Miscarriage

Miscarriage
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Gastrointestinal Adverse Effects

Gastrointestinal Adverse Effects
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Cautious Usage of Drugs

Cautious Usage of Drugs
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Cautious Usage with Herbs

Cautious Usage with Herbs
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

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