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Alligator Pepper Health Benefits

Alligator pepper a member of the ginger family, is a North African spice and is used in Africa not only in food preparation but also in cultural practices, such as medicine and as an accompaniment to kola nut.

 

It has a hot spicy taste and aroma which is popularly used in West African soups and stews.

 

A very expensive spice and should be used sparingly because of its strong flavour, it is a popular ingredient in the famous pepper pot soup which is a specialty and great delight in West Africa.

 

The seeds and rhizomes are used in West Africa in traditional herbal medicines, and are reputedly aphrodisiacs, stimulants and diuretics.

 

Studies carried out on lab rats support the idea that they increase the libido (in rats) and that they can reduce pain and inflammation so may be good to treat arthritis. However they have yet to be tested on humans.

 

Concoctions made of Alligator pepper are often used by traditional doctors as medications for various ailments.

 

Pregnant women are not excluded from eating this widely used substance. There is a need to know the danger; pregnant women are exposed to, when this substance is used as an ingredient in food or served during religious rites and naming ceremonies.

 

Hence, this investigation aims to find out if granulated alligator pepper poses any health risk to pregnant women especially in their first trimester. It also aims to determine other effects of alligator pepper in pregnancy if any.

 

In West African folk medicine, grains of paradise are valued for their warming and digestive properties.

 

A report has it that in Ghana, the seeds of alligator pepper are chewed to cure dysentery, as a sedative against toothache, anti-rheumatism, and migraine and to cure fever.

 

You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

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