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Brooks Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Are they just plain, old spices? No! Black pepper and turmeric have lengthy histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Soft Health and Healing Clinic discloses some of the latest reports about the benefits of turmeric and black pepper: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Brooks chiropractic patients are healthy people often seeking a healthier way to disease management and prevention. Soft Health and Healing Clinic adds some spice to this healthier way of life and Brooks back pain relief!

Soft Health and Healing Clinic seeks out healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic demonstrates itself to be for our Brooks chiropractic patients and families at Soft Health and Healing Clinic. Adding some spice is one such way. Research in South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are key to traditional foods of the region – presents evidence of cure for centuries even while deficient in scientific explanation as of yet. Today, biologists are studying the medicinal value of spices and reporting support for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may halt the growth of microorganisms. (1) Brooks chiropractic patients and families are grateful for that extra value of their spicy food! Soft Health and Healing Clinic does!

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 – present natural benefits like being anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Black pepper – similar to capsaicin – improves the power of turmeric. Curcumin is not very bioavailable, so black pepper allows it to be better absorbed.  One study reports that if 2 grams of curcumin are taken alone, there isn’t a noticeable serum level reaction. If it’s taken with 2mg of black pepper, its absorbability increased 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; relieve peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); avert some cancers, reduce pain even possibly neuropathic pain (by triggering transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Soft Health and Healing Clinic recognizes inflammation’s role in back pain whether it is chronic or acute. Brooks inflammation takes part in disease and in back pain. Brooks chiropractic care by spinal manipulation and nutrition advice helps back pain and related inflammation.

Some of the most amazing 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 respond 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, stop tumor creation, movement and attack, and prepare tumors to be sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Brooks cancer patient is dealing with cancer, these reactions to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly good!

Schedule a Brooks appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic to chat about how black pepper and turmeric just may spice up your life enough to reduce pain as part of your healthy Brooks chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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