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Long Pepper (Piper longum) benefits for Stress and Sleep

Long Pepper is primarily made up of volatile oil, resin, piperine, piperlongumine, pipperin, Pippalartin, Piplartine.*

The fruit, Long Pepper helps people's stress and sleep conditions, It reconciles the digestive functions and relieves the problems related to dyspepsia, anorexia, abdominal pain, flatulence, acidity etc. It is also useful as a brain tonic.*

Piperine is a substance found in Piper longun. Researchers proved that piperine may be served as a potential functional food to improve brain function. Ref: Food and Chemical Toxicology.*

Researchers proved that piperine possesses potent anti-depressant like properties that are mediated in part through the inhibition of MAO activity and therefore, represents a promising pharmacotherapeutic candidate as anti-depressant agent. Ref: Chemical and pharmaceutical Bulletin.*

Piper longum is widely used in Ayurveda particularly for conditions of respiratory systems like bronchitis, ashtama, stress, sleep disruptions, etc.*

Piperine increases thermogenesis. It also improves the bioavailability of the nutritive substances such as beta carotene, curcumin selenium, pyroxidine (B6), glucose and amino acids to the body.*

Piperine relieves inflammation, pain and asthma. It improves digestion and improves production of Serotonin a phenolic amine neurotransmitter found in the brain, blood serum and gastric mucous membrane of mammals.*

In Mexico it is used to help with stomach aches. Scientific research has yielded preliminary evidence which suggests that piperine may aid in the digestion of food.*

Systemic pharmacological studies on piperine show that this compound elicited diverse pharmacological activities such as an analgesic, ant-pyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant and CNS depressant agent.*

As per Ayurveda, piper longum is an important herb as it also helps to improve memory power.*

Studies at Regional Research Lab CSIR Jammu, have established that it is piperine that affects the bioavailability of drugs. The doses of many potent drugs can be drastically reduced when mixed with piperamides.*

Trikatu is a combination of Piper longum, Piper nigrum and Zingiber officinale which enhances the drug bioavailability. Individually, Piper longum and Piper nigrum were found to be almost equally effective. Ref: Medicinal Plants of India.*

Products that have Long pepper along with Nutmeg and Ashwagandha are known to help relieve stress and help people with sleep problems. A boon to insomniacs. As a combination these products provide a synergistic effect.*

By Veena Deo

Dr. Veena Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page. Please email any questions to [email protected]

All the information provided above and opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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