Williamson Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Are they just plain, old spices? No! Black pepper and turmeric have long histories as flavorings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Apple Country Chiropractic reveals some of the current findings about the benefits of turmeric and black pepper: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Williamson chiropractic patients are healthy people often looking for a healthier way to disease care and prevention. Apple Country Chiropractic adds some spice to this healthier way of life and Williamson back pain relief!

Apple Country Chiropractic seeks out healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic proves to be for our Williamson chiropractic patients and families at Apple Country Chiropractic. Including some spice is one such way. Research in South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are integral to traditional foods of the region – brings evidence of cure for centuries despite deficient in scientific explanation as of yet. Today, biologists are analyzing spices’ medicinal value and reporting evidence for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may halt the progression of microorganisms. (1) Apple Country Chiropractic would think that Williamson chiropractic families and patients would welcome the bonus benefit of spicy food’s value!

The spices black pepper (peperine) and turmeric (curcumin and curcuminoids) work well together. 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 – boosts the potential of turmeric. Curcumin is not very bioavailable, so black pepper lets it be better absorbed.  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, its absorbability rose 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; ease peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); prevent some cancers, lessen pain even potentially neuropathic pain (by starting transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Apple Country Chiropractic recognizes inflammation’s role in back pain be it chronic or acute. Williamson inflammation takes part in disease and in back pain. Williamson chiropractic care by 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 point to their effects on prevention and treatment of cancers. Lung, liver, breast, stomach, colorectal, cervix and prostate cancers appear to respond 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, stop production, migration and invasion of tumors, and sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Williamson cancer patient is fighting cancer, these responses to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly good!

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

 
 
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