Piper nigrumIn Ayurveda, it is described as being pungent, having heating properties that work to speed up metabolism and digestion. By providing heat to the body, pepper can also be helpful in clearing mucus from the body for clearing congestion and also increasing circulation. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals such as: Vitamins A, C, B, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron and magnesium. Also a strong anti-oxidant. It acts as an activator for many plants such as turmeric.