Bust the bug with Brazilian pepper; here's all you need to know about the ancient medicinal tree

08 June 2018, 01:33 PM
Bust the bug with Brazilian pepper; All you need to know (File Photo)
Bust the bug with Brazilian pepper; All you need to know (File Photo)

Brazilian Pepper tree? Yes! You can bust those resilient bugs that scientists the world over are trying to kill. Here's all you need to know about the health benefits it produces and how it kills bacteria.

Pretty as it looks, red when ripens, Brazilian Pepper, according to scientists has great potential to fight against antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

World scientists have long been trying to find a solution to fight antibiotic resistance.

Traditional medicinal history of Brazilian Pepper:

The Brazilian Pepper fruit has a history of traditional medicinal use in southern America dating as far back as 1648. However, its use not only as medicinal but also as a seasoning in culinary dishes is popular in parts of India and other places in the world.

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What scientists say about Brazilian Pepper:

Its extracts were used to treat wounds. The extracts can fight off a type of Staphylococcus bacterium.

The Brazilian Pepper fruits extracts prevent bacterial cells from communicating infections - stops the creation of tissue-destroying toxins.

The pepper extracts also strengthen the immune system of the consumer and protects from infectious diseases.

"This is a whole new way of thinking about how to address infections," says C Quave, an anthrobotanist from Emory University in National Geographic Magazine.

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The Brazilian Pepper tree has been traditionally used to treat fevers, burbs, diarrhoea, rheumatic pains and other severe illnesses.

First Published: Friday, June 08, 2018 01:17 PM
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