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Baton Rouge Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

May 09, 2017

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Are they just plain, old spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have long histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers reveals some of the current findings about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Baton Rouge chiropractic patients are healthy people often looking for a healthier way to disease prevention and care. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers adds some spice to this healthier way of life and Baton Rouge back pain relief!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers seeks out healthier ways of living just as chiropractic proves to be for our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients and families at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers. Adding some spice is one such way. Research in South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are fundamental to traditional foods of the region – presents evidence of cure for centuries despite 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) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers would think that Baton Rouge 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 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 – boosts the potential of turmeric. Curcumin is not very bioavailable, so black pepper lets it be absorbed better.  One study reports 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; alleviate peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); prevent some cancers, reduce pain even potentially neuropathic pain (by initiating transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers recognizes inflammation’s role in back pain whether it is chronic or acute. Baton Rouge inflammation plays a role in disease and in back pain. Baton Rouge 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 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 encourage cell death, stop tumor creation, movement and attack, and prepare tumors to be sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Baton Rouge cancer patient is fighting cancer, these reactions to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly positive!

Schedule a Baton Rouge appointment with Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers to chat about how black pepper and turmeric just may spice up your life enough to reduce pain as part of your healthy Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan.