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Why Am I Craving Black Pepper
Black pepper: I have a couple of educated guesses as to why you might be craving black pepper. The first may be related to black pepper's ability to raise serotonin levels. The second may be that if you have a deficiency for vitamins c or k, iron or potassium – that may be supplied through black pepper. ...Read more
Plausible explantion: I have a couple of educated guesses as to why you might be craving black pepper. The first may be related to black pepper's ability to raise serotonin levels. The second may be that if you have a deficiency for vitamins c or k, iron or potassium – that may be supplied through black pepper. ...Read more
Extreme sudden craving for jalapeño, banana & black pepper, not possible for me to be pregnant, is there a underlying health issue here?
Possibly: Strong cravings for specific foods can be the result of a variety of reasons: fluctuating hormone levels, blood sugar levels, low serotonin levels in the brain, emotional reasons, or the release of endorphins (natural "feel-good" hormones that the body may release). Start with your doctor to research what may be causing your symptoms. ...Read more
I have a coworker who had a dizzy spell an fell bumping his head just above his right eye. Since the injury he has had an uncontrollable craving for black pepper. Is this associated with his fall?
Head injuries: I have seen numerous patients with head injuries, but I have never seen one develop a craving for pepper or any other food or spice as a result of the head trauma. Some patients with certain types of seizures may experience a smell during the seizure, however, but this is different from your friend's craving. A neurologist is best qualified to answer your question. ...Read more
My wife is three months pregnant on the first pregnancy and has a serious craving for pepper_ hot pepper, . Does this have any-effect on the unborn?
I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy & craving pickled jalapeños & pepper sauce. I'm told, but not by professionals, that it's bad for the baby. Is it bad for the baby in any trimester?
How can I enjoy pepper sauce & spicy foods without the harsh effects of diarrhea and stomach pains?! I refuse to give up my spicy food cravings!
Find the cause: Millions and millions of people enjoy spice without either stomach pain or diarrhea. Do you have an ulcer? Do you have reflux (where stomach acid abnormally comes up into the tube between your stomach and your throat, causing a burn)? Do you eat the spice in a bowl of greasy, fat filled or fried food, instead of over roasted lean meats or vegetables? Find the cause to make it better. ...Read more
Black Pepper: Black pepper contains vitamins c; k, iron, potassium ; fiber. It has been used to aid digestion (constipation, loose stools ; gas). It is useful to reduce congestion occurring w colds or the flu. It has antioxidant ; anti-inflammatory effects ; promotes bioavailability for other nutrients. It has been used for vitiligo tx. One study suggested that black pepper can lead to potassium decreases ;. ...Read more
Possibly: One study suggested that black pepper can lead to potassium decreases ; ^ mucosal micobleeding due to ^ hydrochloric acid secretions in the stomach. Some studies have suggested that piperine contained in black pepper may carcinogenic – while other studies indicate it may be anti-carcinogenic. ...Read more
Usually. The average: American ingests 20 x more salt then the body needs. Too much salt can contribute to hypertension. Black pepper contains vitamins c& k, iron, potassium & fiber. It has been used to aid digestion (constipation, loose stools & gas). It is useful to reduce congestion occurring w colds or the flu. It has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory effects & promotes bioavailability of other nutrients. ...Read more
Health benefits: Black pepper contains vitamins c& k, iron, potassium & fiber. Although more studies are needed it has been used to aid digestion (constipation, loose stools & gas). It is useful to reduce congestion occuring w colds or the flu. It has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory effects & promotes bioavailability for other nutrients. ...Read more
Eating black pepper: Can be beneficial to your health. Black pepper contains vitamins c& k, iron, potassium & fiber. Although more studies are needed it has been used to aid digestion (constipation, loose stools & gas). It is useful to reduce congestion occurring w colds or the flu. It has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory effects & promotes bio-availability for other nutrients. Eat in moderation. ...Read more
Uncertain: Some studies have suggested that piperine contained in black pepper may be carcinogenic – while other studies indicate it may be anti-carcinogenic. ...Read more
I will answer for: Cloves and black peppers. While these both have numerous health benefits, I have found no claims or studies that indicate that either cloves or black pepper reduce cholesterol levels. ...Read more
I crave black pepper I have a pepper grinder that is set to give big chuncks of black pepper. I crave it as soon as I get up untill I go to bed. I leave a napkin out and grind pepper all day. I eat a lot of pepper. I can't stop. I know it can't be good fo
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Food cravings can trigger unhealthy eating binges, reports sciencenews. Com. Eating binges can also lead to a sense of guilt or embarrassment. If a nutrient deficiency causes a craving, it may indicate a serious health condition. Consult a physician to determine if a nutrient deficiency may be the underlying cause of an intense black pepper craving. Black pepper can also increase serotonin and may boost the effects of some anti-depressant drugs, so consult your physician regarding any potential medication interactions before satisfying your craving with a black-pepper encrusted eating binge. ...Read more
Irritation: Spices like pepper and hot chilis cause irritation which can make you sneeze and cough. I suspect you are having a mild case of layrngeospasm which the cold food. I am mildly concerned about this becuase if you had a severe reaction it could be serious. Perhaps an ENT doctor could help you figure this problem out. ...Read more
I have scabs on my scalp some are very painful. Sometimes there are black pepper like that fall off?
My child got black pepper in her eyes. How do I relieve the pain and get it out? Can this cause damage?
Black pepper: Black pepper will not damage her eyes. Keep flushing her eyes with cold water ...Read more
Looks like black pepper in stool. I've touched it and it's hard/ feels like sand. There's not a lot of them just a few. Been going on 2 weeks?
99.9% of the time:
"foriegn" objects in the stool can be explained by what you put in "on top" ie: ate or took as medication. For example. Are you taking IRON CAPSULES (extended release meant to avoid stomach irritation)???
Think about what you are eating.....and if this
"detective work" does not give you the answer. As Sherlock Holmes said if the probable have been ruled out the answer must lie in the improbable ...Read more
Put a lot of black pepper on food. Took a bite and started coughing, thinking I inhaled some of the pepper? Is this dangerous? Will it affect my lungs
Scientists say that piperine in black pepper helps the body absorb curcumin from Turmeric. I can't eat pepper. Any other spices help absorb curcumin?
Try Meriva form:
Turmeric & Curcumin are poorly absorbed but mixing them with fat enhances abosrption- for example, mixing with milk or coconut oil. Meriva is a patented extract of curcumin complexed with soy lecithin that has been shown to be about 30 times better absorbed than plain curcumin! See http://www. Phytosomes. Info/public/meriva. Asp
Meriva is sold by many companies such as Thorne, Now & Source Naturals. ...Read more
Do black specs (like tiny pepper flakes) in the stool indicate blood even when the stool in a normal brown color?
Nah: Significant blood loss (more than 3-4 ounces of blood), especially from upper sources, e.g. Stomach, duodenum, small bowel, less likely from right colon, can give black, tarry stol, with a typically characteristic odor, often loose (blood is a laxative):melena (black). Entire stool would be black, not just individual spots. Likely from food, seeds. Iron pills, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can do also. ...Read more
My son has been popping black specks on his stools some look soft and others look like pepper looking things almost like carbon what could it be?
Black specks in poo: If you are breast feeding the black specks can be dried blood from cracked or dried nipples. ...Read more
Lately I've been seeing black pepper like spots in my stool could this be anything my stool is normal brown with no blood in it?
Uncertain: Black in stool can be food related or blood from the upper Gastrointestinal system. You can have it tested by a stool sample with your MD to be sure which is not a bad idea. ...Read more
Is a turmeric (curcumin and black pepper) supplement advisable to take to promote a generally and overall healthy lifestyle? Any downside?
Yes, not for everyone: Turmeric is one of the healthiest foods we can consume but is poorly absorbed so mixing it with black pepper enhances absorption (or with phospholipids in a form called Meriva). It reduces inflammation, is good for brain, heart and liver, thins blood, protects against heart disease, cancer & Alzheimer's but can cause stomach upset for some and interacts with some drugs. See http://tinyurl. Com/o2eknpt ...Read more
Are spices like green jalepeño, red bell pepper, and black ground pepper okay to eat when you have fatty liver. I put a little of each in each meal.
My son got a lot of black pepper in both eyes? What should I do? He is 2...I washed his eyes out with cold water.... I am. Scared. Should he go to er
I have black pepper in my nose. I already used nasal spray but then after I blew my nose, should I use it again? The bottle said to only use it every8hrs
What kind of spray?: If it is saline nasal wash use it again, given that you have an irritant in your nose, no problem with overusing it, but if it is other kind of spray like a degongestant or steroid, I would follow the recommendation, if the pain and irritation don't go away, hopefully they will, please seek medical attention ...Read more
For the last week every time I use a Q-tip to clean my ears there are tiny black specs like pepper in the wax, why is this?
Specks in ear wax: For the last week every time I use a Q-tip to clean my ears there are tiny black specs like pepper in the wax, why is this? ANS: suspect is it old wax that has turned black. Trust you don't pepper your ears? Dr humor. May be worthwhile to go to your Dr and have a good exam and cleaning of ears. ...Read more
Would I put cayenne pepper anywhere near my eye! I've never heard of this particular home remedy and to me it sounds like a painful lesson waiting to happen.
Why does black and white pepper and dehydrated canned onions cause me to have painful gas but I can eat Cayenne pepper or chili powder with no disc.
Don't know: I do not know the answer to that question but perhaps if you take "BEANO" before you eat it will help. ...Read more
Dental: Tiny black dot on back of tooth #5 smaller than pepper. No indentation/discomfort. Next to composite filling! Another on a molar! What's this?
Any idea what the black, pepper looking flecks are in my 4 month old's stool? He was extra fussy yesterday & didn't sleep well. He is 100% breastfed.
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