Ashanti Pepper – A West African Pepper with Health Benefits By Dr. Paul Haider Everyone knows about black pepper but what about Ashanti Pepper? This wonderful herb from Africa grows to a height of about 2 feet with red berries… and when dried becomes a nice dark brown color with a bitter and pungent flavor that’s very distinctive. Now being cultivated in the US Ashanti Pepper can also be found in many other parts of the world. This pepper has many health benefits that make it great for healing… especially for muscle pain, joint pain, GI distress, gas, improving memory, and for lowering fevers. Ashanti Pepper if full of Vitamin C and because of that helps prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and boosts the immune system. And being a potent antioxidant Ashanti Pepper slows the aging process and savages away free radicals thus helping to prevent disease. Ashanti Pepper is also a good antibacterial agent and antiviral agent thus working to prevent colds and flues and other microbial diseases. Ashanti Pepper contains beta-caryophyllene which is a very good anti-inflammatory agent thus helping with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Ashanti Pepper Oil has been used for making soap… and the leaves and the stems of the plant work well for boosting female fertility and for nagging coughs. And the roots have been used for colds and bronchitis… and have been used in the past for treating sexually transmitted diseases. In Africa and the US this pungent herb is being used in cooking great tasting yams, potatoes, soups, stews, pumpkin and other great dishes.