Easley Chiropractic Nutrition Idea: Black Pepper & Turmeric

May 09, 2017

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Just spices? No! Black pepper and turmeric have long histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Young Chiropractic reveals some of the latest findings about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Easley chiropractic patients are healthy people often looking for a healthier approach to disease management and prevention. Young Chiropractic adds some spice to this healthier approach and Easley back pain relief!

Young Chiropractic seeks out healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic proves to be for our Easley chiropractic patients and families at Young Chiropractic. Including some spice is one such way. Research coming out of South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are fundamental to traditional foods of the region – shows indications of cure for centuries even while deficient in scientific explanation thus far. Biologists today are analyzing spices’ medicinal value and reporting evidence for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may halt the growth of microorganisms. (1) Young Chiropractic would think that Easley chiropractic families and patients would embrace the bonus benefit of spicy food’s value!

The spices black pepper (peperine) and turmeric (curcumin and curcuminoids) work well together. Asian foods have always been tastier and more full of healthful benefits! Curcumin and other curcuminoids – chemical compounds in turmeric – are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial in nature. Black pepper – similar to capsaicin – improves the potential of turmeric. Curcumin is not very bioavailable, so black pepper lets it be better absorbed.  One study reports that if 2 grams of curcumin are taken alone, there is not a noticeable serum level reaction. If it is taken with 2mg of black pepper, its absorbability increased 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; help peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); avert some cancers, lessen pain even possibly neuropathic pain (by initiating transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Young Chiropractic sees inflammation’s role in back pain be it chronic or acute. Easley inflammation plays a role in disease and in back pain. Easley chiropractic care via spinal manipulation and nutrition advice relieves back pain and related inflammation.

Some of the most astonishing research on the value of spices like black pepper and turmeric indicate their effects on prevention and treatment of cancers. Lung, liver, breast, stomach, colorectal, cervix and prostate cancers appear to react well to black pepper, turmeric, black cumin, ginger, garlic, saffron and chili pepper. These spices contain bioactive compounds – curcumin, thymoquinone, piperine, capsaicin - that stimulate cell death, halt production, migration and invasion of tumors, and prepare tumors to be sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Easley cancer patient is dealing with cancer, these reactions to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly positive!

Schedule a Easley appointment with Young Chiropractic to talk about how black pepper and turmeric might spice up your life enough to reduce pain as part of your healthy Easley chiropractic treatment plan.