When we say black pepper, we usually are referring to the fresh cracked kind. It's beneficial from the salivary glads to the large intestine. It gets things moving . Black pepper is still recommended early postpartum and works synergistically with lots other foods like turmeric (the pepperine make circumin more bioavailable). "Black pepper is remarkably beneficial for digestion because it stimulates the whole digestive system, from the salivary glands in the mouth to the large intestine. It promotes secretion of digestive juices like acids and bile into the stomach to facilitate digestion. Black pepper can be safely used as a spice for food for people who are on a bland diet or are otherwise forbidden to have chilies. Black pepper contains a substance called piperine, which not only gives it its pungent flavor but also blocks the formation of new fat cells. Black pepper also enhances the bioavailability of just about all other foods especially turmeric."