Oxford Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

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

Satterwhite Chiropractic looks for healthier ways of living just as chiropractic demonstrates itself to be for our Oxford chiropractic patients and families at Satterwhite Chiropractic. Including some spice is one such way. Research coming out of South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are fundamental to traditional foods of the region – brings indications of cure for centuries even while lacking scientific explanation thus far. Today, biologists are studying the medicinal value of spices and reporting support for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may stop the progression of microorganisms. (1) Satterwhite Chiropractic would think that Oxford 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 boosted by black pepper.  One study explains that if 2 grams of curcumin are taken alone, there is not a noticeable serum level reaction. If it is taken with 2mg of black pepper, its absorbability increased 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; alleviate peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); avert some cancers, lessen pain even possibly neuropathic pain (by starting transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Satterwhite Chiropractic is well aware of inflammation’s role in back pain be it chronic or acute. Oxford inflammation takes part in disease and in back pain. Oxford chiropractic care via 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 tumor creation, movement and attack, and sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Oxford cancer patient is fighting cancer, these responses to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly positive!

Schedule a Oxford appointment with Satterwhite Chiropractic to talk about how black pepper and turmeric just may spice up your life enough to relieve pain as part of your healthy Oxford chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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