Vancouver Chiropractic Nutrition Idea: 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! Vancouver Spine Care Centre shares some of the more recent reports about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Vancouver chiropractic patients are healthy people often seeking a healthier approach to disease prevention and care. Vancouver Spine Care Centre adds some spice to this healthier approach and Vancouver back pain relief!

Vancouver Spine Care Centre seeks out healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic proves to be for our Vancouver chiropractic patients and families at Vancouver Spine Care Centre. Including some spice is one such way. Research in South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are fundamental to traditional foods of the region – shows evidence of cure for centuries even while deficient in scientific explanation as of yet. Biologists today 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) Vancouver chiropractic patients and families appreciate that extra value of their spicy food! Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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 – offer natural benefits like being anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Black pepper – similar to capsaicin – improves the power of turmeric. Not being very bioavailable on its own, curcumin’s absorbability is boosted by black pepper.  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 rose 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; help peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); prevent some cancers, lessen pain even potentially neuropathic pain (by causing transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Vancouver Spine Care Centre sees inflammation’s role in back pain whether it’s chronic or acute. Vancouver inflammation plays a role in disease and in back pain. Vancouver chiropractic care by 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 point to 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 promote cell death, halt tumor creation, movement and attack, and sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Vancouver cancer patient is fighting cancer, these reactions to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly good!

Schedule a Vancouver appointment with Vancouver Spine Care Centre to talk about how black pepper and turmeric might spice up your life enough to reduce pain as part of your healthy Vancouver chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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