Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that the combination of black pepper and turmeric can be extremely effective in preventing and treating many diseases, even breast cancer.
We are all aware that turmeric is one of the most beneficial plants we can use, since it possesses numerous powerful and healing properties. Yet, when consumed orally, it is poorly absorbed due to its rapid metabolism in the liver.
Hence, black pepper and turmeric combined together may prevent inflammation and infection and accelerate the absorption of useful compounds. Here are some of the most important health benefits of this combination:
Fight against cancer
Latest research has discovered a compound in black pepper, called piperine, which participates in the fight against cancer when combined with turmeric. Also, it makes the curcumin in turmeric as much as 1,000 times easier to absorb. Without piperine, the bioavailability of turmeric is very low.
The Breast Cancer Research and Treatment journal published a study which found that the combination of curcumin and piperine has the ability to destroy cancer stem cells.
This combination can help you lose weight. The piperine in black pepper accelerates the metabolism and increases the number of calories burned in the body. It also triggers a sensation of fullness.
Both turmeric and black pepper contain active compounds with anti-depressant effects. These compounds can raise the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and prevent the action of monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that is associated with depression, if present in the brain in high levels.
Reduce pain and inflammation
Piperine and curcumin are compounds can prevent the synthesis and activity of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that are involved in the inflammatory process. Also, they can influence more than 700 genes.
These two extremely beneficial ingredients can be added to most of the dishes you prepare, and they can add flavor to your smoothies and fresh vegetable juices as well.