Turmeric has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions.
Many high quality studies show that turmeric has major benefits for your body and brain.
Curcumin (a chemical compound in turmeric) offer numerous health benefits since it is powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agent.
Turmeric has been used in Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds.
Black pepper, often referred as “king of spice”, is incredibly popular spice since ancient times.
It is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary fiber. Black pepper is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent.
The health benefits of black pepper include relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, constipation, indigestion, the common cold, anemia, impotency, muscular strains,dental disease, diarrhea, and heart disease.
Black Pepper and Turmeric: This Combination Could Save Lives
Curcumin and piperine (a chemical compound in black pepper) have been studied to examine the potential health benefits they can offer individually or together.
Here are some of their benefits:
Black pepper enhances bioavailability of Turmeric
One problem with curcumin is its low levels of bioavailability. Most of the curcumin that is ingested gets metabolized before it can get absorbed. Piperine is said to help make curcumin more bioavailable.
One study found that when even 2g of curcumin was ingested, its serum levels were very low. However, when 20mg piperine was added to curcumin the bioavailability increased by 2000%.
Some studies have focused on using piperine and curcumin as a new way to kill chronic pain – especially neuropathic pain which is untreatable.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that combination of black pepper and turmeric could play an important role in preventing and even treating breast cancer.
Mammosphere formation, which is a marker of breast stem cells were studied. Turmeric and black pepper compounds both inhibited mammosphere formation. They also did not cause any toxicity, therefore showing that they could be possible cancer preventive agents.
Turmeric and black pepper could be combined to fight high cholesterol levels, obesityand diabetes. Diet induced bodily changes to blood glucose, body weight, bad cholesterol and triglyceride could be affected by combination of curcumin and piperine.