Two Rivers Chiropractic Nutrition Idea: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Are they simply spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have long histories as flavorings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Lakeshore Chiropractic shares some of the current findings about the benefits of turmeric and black pepper: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Two Rivers chiropractic patients are healthy people often pursuing a healthier way to disease prevention and management. Lakeshore Chiropractic adds some spice to this healthier way of life and Two Rivers back pain relief!

Lakeshore Chiropractic seeks out healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic proves to be for our Two Rivers chiropractic patients and families at Lakeshore Chiropractic. Adding some spice is one such way. Research in South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are integral to traditional foods of the region – shows evidence of cure for centuries even while deficient in scientific explanation as of yet. Biologists today are examining spices’ medicinal value and reporting evidence for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may halt the progression of microorganisms. (1) Two Rivers chiropractic patients and families are grateful for that extra value of their spicy food! Lakeshore Chiropractic does!

The spices black pepper (peperine) and turmeric (curcumin and curcuminoids) work together well. Asian foods have tasted better and been healthier for years! Curcumin and other curcuminoids – chemical compounds in turmeric – are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial in nature. Black pepper – akin to capsaicin – enhances the power of turmeric. Curcumin is not very bioavailable, so black pepper allows it to be absorbed better.  One study explains that if 2 grams of curcumin are taken alone, serum levels remain low. If it is taken with 2mg of black pepper, curcumin’s absorbability increased 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; alleviate peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); avert some cancers, lessen pain even potentially neuropathic pain (by triggering transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Lakeshore Chiropractic is well aware of inflammation’s role in back pain be it chronic or acute. Two Rivers inflammation takes part in disease and in back pain. Two Rivers chiropractic care via spinal manipulation and nutrition advice relieves back pain and related inflammation.

Some of the most amazing research on the value of spices like black pepper and turmeric point to 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 have bioactive compounds – curcumin, thymoquinone, piperine, capsaicin - that encourage cell death, halt production, migration and invasion of tumors, and sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Two Rivers cancer patient is dealing with cancer, these reactions to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly positive!

Schedule a Two Rivers appointment with Lakeshore Chiropractic to chat about how black pepper and turmeric just may spice up your life enough to relieve pain as part of your healthy Two Rivers chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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