Baton Rouge Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Just spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have lengthy histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation shares some of the latest findings about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Baton Rouge chiropractic patients are healthy people often seeking a healthier approach to disease prevention and care. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation adds some spice to this healthier approach and Baton Rouge back pain relief!

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation seeks out healthier ways of living just as chiropractic demonstrates itself to be for our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients and families at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. Including 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 indications of cure for centuries even while lacking scientific explanation as of yet. Today, biologists are examining spices’ medicinal value and showing support for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may halt the progression of microorganisms. (1) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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 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 – enhances the potential of turmeric. Not being very bioavailable on its own, curcumin’s absorbability is increased by black pepper.  One study explains that if 2 grams of curcumin are taken alone, serum levels remain low. If it’s taken with 2mg of black pepper, its absorbability rose 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, 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation sees inflammation’s role in back pain whether it is chronic or acute. Baton Rouge inflammation takes part in disease and in back pain. Baton Rouge chiropractic care via 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 point to their effects on prevention and treatment of cancers. Lung, liver, breast, stomach, colorectal, cervix and prostate cancers seem 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 stimulate cell death, halt production, migration and invasion of tumors, and prepare tumors to be sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Baton Rouge cancer patient is fighting cancer, these responses to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly good!

Schedule a Baton Rouge appointment with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation to chat about how black pepper and turmeric might spice up your life enough to relieve pain as part of your healthy Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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