A study from Sejong University in South Korea suggests that the pungent component in black pepper known as piperine, fights fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells. If further studies confirm these effects, black pepper may offer a natural alternative for the treatment of fat-related disorders.

“Our findings suggest that piperine, a major component of black pepper, inhibits fat cell differentiation … thus leading to its potential use in the treatment of obesity-related diseases,” Researcher Ui-Hyun Park of Sejong University in Seoul, Korea, wrote in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The benefits of black pepper and the black pepper plant have been known for centuries in traditional Eastern medicine for poor circulation and gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhoea. I suggest not to  cook with black pepper as it may irritate your digestive system. Add it at the table to salads and cooked foods. 



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Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram has been a natural therapist for over 20 years. She has a life long interest in health and natural medicine and has trained extensively in both the UK and Australia. She graduated from the Dorothy Hall College of Herbal Medicine with distinction. Dorothy Hall is Australia's most well known herbalist with over 40 years of professional practice and teaching and the author of many leading books on the subject. She also founded the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, which regulates natural therapists.

Michelle studied in the UK with both the School of Phytotherapy and the Self Heal School. She also had a Diploma in Iridology from the Independent School of Iridology.

Michelle also studied Journey Therapy with Brandon Bays and is an accredited Journey Practitioner.

Advanced Diploma (Dorothy Hall) Classical Herbal Medicine

Diploma of Iridology

Diploma of Anatomy & Physiology

Accredited Journey Practitioner

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society

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