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Watertown Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Just spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have lengthy histories as flavorings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Watertown Wellness Center shares some of the latest findings about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Watertown chiropractic patients are healthy people often pursuing a healthier approach to disease care and prevention. Watertown Wellness Center adds some spice to this healthier way of life and Watertown back pain relief!

Watertown Wellness Center seeks out healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic demonstrates itself to be for our Watertown chiropractic patients and families at Watertown Wellness Center. 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 – shows indications of cure for centuries despite deficient in scientific explanation thus far. Today, biologists are studying spices’ medicinal value and showing support for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may stop the progression of microorganisms. (1) Watertown chiropractic patients and families appreciate that extra value of their spicy food! Watertown Wellness Center 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 – akin to capsaicin – improves the power of turmeric. Curcumin is not very bioavailable, so black pepper allows it to be better absorbed.  One study exemplifies that if 2 grams of curcumin are taken alone, serum levels remain low. If it’s taken with 2mg of black pepper, curcumin’s absorbability increased 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; ease peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); avert some cancers, reduce 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) Watertown Wellness Center sees inflammation’s role in back pain be it chronic or acute. Watertown inflammation plays a role in disease and in back pain. Watertown chiropractic care by 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 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 promote cell death, halt production, migration and invasion of tumors, and sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Watertown cancer patient is dealing with cancer, these responses to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly good!

Schedule a Watertown appointment with Watertown Wellness Center to chat about how black pepper and turmeric might spice up your life enough to reduce pain as part of your healthy Watertown chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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