PAJHWOK: Health experts say there’s no solid evidence that black pepper protects coronavirus.
Black pepper grows on long, thin stalks in green, red, yellow, and orange. It is a flowering vine in the Piperaceae family farmed for its dried fruit, called a peppercorn.
The fruit is a 5 mm (0.20 in) drupe (stone fruit) that is dark crimson and contains a solitary pepper seed.
Shabaka-i-Itla Rasani Afghanistan published “Covid with black pepper.”
Black pepper reduces the transmission of coronavirus in the body, it stated. According to Sputnik, Indian Institute of Technology researchers found that black pepper’s “piperine” suppresses coronavirus activity.
Jawan Journalists Club issued a report on black pepper and coronavirus.
The paper claims, “Indian scientists recently found that black pepper can operate in portions of SARS-CoV-2 virus and halt the coronavirus, which is responsible for reproduction and penetration in the human body.”
ICU doctor Hashmatullah Faizi says “black pepper contains vitamin C, so it might be able to treat coronavirus, but doesn’t control the infection.”
“Follow health recommendations and don’t believe rumors,” he said.
Former Ministry of Public Health advisor Dr. Baz Mohammad Sherzad also rejected black pepper’s pandemic effectiveness. As he always does, he called the claims “imaginary opinions with no scientific basis.”
In traditional medicine, black pepper has several benefits, a MoPH official said. It contains magnesium, iron, vitamin C, calcium, and protein as well as fiber. Black pepper reduces muscle pain, digestive issues, and stomach gas. It’s beneficial for cancer prevention, blood pressure, and weight loss as well.
But there’s no evidence black pepper can treat coronavirus.
Covid patients often have cold symptoms, so mix a teaspoon of black pepper and two tablespoons of honey with warm water and drink it; it can provide relief from tension and cold and boost immunity.