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Zanthoxylum acanthopodium, or andaliman, is a species of flowering plant in the family Rutaceae. Its range includes southern western China (Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Tibet, and Yunnan), Bangladesh, Bhutan, northern India and northeastern India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal), Nepal, Laos, Burma, northern Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia (northern Sumatran highlands), and Peninsular Malaysia.[1]

Zanthoxylum acanthopodium var. timbor - Kunming Botanical Garden - DSC03185.JPG

Much like the closely related Sichuan pepper (Z. piperitum), the seed pericarps are used as spices in cooking and have a similar tongue-numbing characteristic. However, in cooking, the flavour of andaliman has lemon-like notes (similar to those of lemon-grass) as well as a hint of the aromatic pandan leaf.


6 Surprising Benefits of Andaliman, the Special Spices of Batak People

Andaliman or also known as Batak pepper is one of the must-have cooking spices for the Batak people. Not only in Indonesia, andaliman is also very commonly used as a spice in Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese and Thai cuisine. Abroad, andaliman is more familiarly called Sichuan pepper. Well, just like other herbs, Batak pepper turned out to save a myriad of health benefits for your body. Come on, find out what are the benefits of andaliman in this article.

What are the benefits of andaliman for health?

Andaliman who has the scientific name Zanthoxylum acanthopodium is enriched by many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, iron, manganese, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus. In addition, Andaliman also contains several antioxidants, such as phytosterols, terpenes, and carotene.

All of these important nutrients provide good benefits for your health. Here are some of the benefits of andaliman.

Relieves pain

Like other types of pepper, andaliman is also analgesic which acts to relieve pain.

Add blood

High levels of iron in Andaliman help form hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to organs and tissues. In the end, this will also improve blood circulation. Iron deficiency can cause anemia.

Increase endurance

Another benefit of andaliman is that it can boost immunity thanks to its high zinc levels.

When you don’t get enough zinc from food, your immunity will drop. Because the zinc is an important mineral that activates T cells, cells that function to control the immune response to attack the cause of the disease reported in the Medical News Today page. That’s why if your zinc deficiency can be very susceptible to infection and heal for a long time.

Strengthen bones

There are some important minerals found in small quantities in andaliman. Some of these are phosphorus, manganese, copper, and iron. All this is needed to build strong bones and prevent age-related bone disorders, such as osteoporosis.

Bone mineral density in the body will decrease with age. Because it is important to increase the intake of essential minerals, which you can get from the peppercorns.

Relieve inflammation

Various antioxidants and organic acids in pepper, including phytosterols and terpenes, have anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Inflammation is the result of oxidative stress, which is caused by free radical activity in the body.

The compounds found in Batak pepper can neutralize free radicals, thus stopping inflammation. No wonder if Andaliman is often used as an herbal remedy for arthritis and gout.

Prevents chronic diseases

Cancer and other chronic diseases can be caused by excessive amounts of free radicals that cause healthy cells to mutate. Antioxidants found in pepper pepper can help reduce the risk of health problems from exposure to oxidative stress that is too high in the body.

Oxidative stress is the mastermind of various chronic diseases ranging from arthritis, heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, hypertension, peptic ulcers, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, to causing aging. so, have you ever used andaliman as your food seasoning?


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