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Doctor insights on: Why Am I Craving Black Pepper

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What causes a craving for black pepper?

What causes a craving for 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

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What causes me to start craving black pepper?

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

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Extreme sudden craving for jalapeño, banana & black pepper, not possible for me to be pregnant, is there a underlying health issue here?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Not really: The only issue would be if eating hot peppers causes her to have diarrhea. Diarrhea can cause some contractions to develop, though usually they are irregular and don't result in labor. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: If that's what u crave have it. If it upsets ur stomach or doesn't agree with u don't have it. There have been some great studies that say when a lady eats a good variety of foods when pregnant the babies eat a more varied diet. ...Read more

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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!

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

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Is eating a lot of ground black and white pepper good or bad for your health?

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

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Are there side effects with black pepper?

Are there side effects with black pepper?

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

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Is black pepper a healthier choice from salt?

Is black pepper a healthier choice from salt?

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

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Is there any advantages or side effects of eating black pepper?

Is there any advantages or side effects of eating black pepper?

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

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Can there be any advantages or side effects of eating black pepper?

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

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Can cooking with ground black pepper cause any of the pepper chemicals to become carcinogenic?

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

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Does black pepper rclog your arteries?

Does black pepper rclog your arteries?

No: Pepper is not known to increase risk of heart or vascular disease. In fact substituting pepper for salt can be beneficial. ...Read more

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Do clove, date and black pepper cuts down cholesterol?

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

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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

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

Taken: Taken from livestrong. Com. See link for full article.

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

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Do lice look like black pepper?

Do lice look like black pepper?

No: If you ever see them they are pale brown bugs. Any black pepper looking stuff on the scalp is likely hair broken at the root. ...Read more

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What causes me when I eat black pepper or something cold I cough and feel like I'm choking!?

What causes me when I eat black pepper or something cold I cough and feel like I'm choking!?

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

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I have scabs on my scalp some are very painful. Sometimes there are black pepper like that fall off?

Need Derm apt: Sorry, but your question is impossible to answer without an exam

Please make an apt with Dermatology ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

Cough reflex.: Sounds like your protective cough mechanism kicked in, which is geared to protect the lungs from insults such as this. Chances are your lungs are just fine. Not uncommon with pepper, though. ...Read more

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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?

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

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There is a small amount of black pepper in my eyes, and it stings a bit... what should I do?

There is a small amount of black pepper in my eyes, and it stings a bit... what should I do?

Water rinse: Try to rinse out the pepper by washing your eyes with water, Gently splash water into your eyes, while keeping the eyes open. If that does not help, go to the emergency department of the local hospital. ...Read more

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Do black specs (like tiny pepper flakes) in the stool indicate blood even when the stool in a normal brown color?

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

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I took more than 6 black pepper now. I'm 11 weeks pregnant. Is it safe?

I took more than 6 black pepper now. I'm 11 weeks pregnant. Is it safe?

"Peppered" out: If you ate 6 black peppers, your digestive tract has found an "exit" sign by now without any lasting effects on the pregnancy. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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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

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

Keep washing: The more you flush them the better. Black pepper itself shouldn't damage the eye but the flakes could scratch it. Keep washing it, and if he's in pain get him check out. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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Could vaseline and cayenne pepper mixed together reduce a black eye?

Could vaseline and cayenne pepper mixed together reduce a black eye?

No way: 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.
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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?

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?

Hard to say...: Stain, cavity, leaking margin, who knows? A visit to your dentist will answer your question and give you the opportunity to have it treated. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Digested blood: Normal poop, with black flecks mixed in. The flecks are digested blood, most commonly from the baby swallowing blood from mom's sore and bleeding nipples. If u don't have a problem check for baby teething. ...Read more