West Des Moines Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Are they just plain, old spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have lengthy histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa reveals some of the more recent findings about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. West Des Moines chiropractic patients are healthy people often pursuing a healthier way to disease prevention and management. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa adds some spice to this healthier approach and West Des Moines back pain relief!

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa seeks out healthier ways of living just as chiropractic demonstrates itself to be for our West Des Moines chiropractic patients and families at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. Including some spice is one such way. Research coming out of South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are integral to traditional foods of the region – shows evidence of cure for centuries despite deficient in scientific explanation thus far. Biologists today are examining spices’ medicinal value and showing evidence for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may halt the progression of microorganisms. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa would think that West Des Moines chiropractic families and patients would embrace 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 – similar 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 is taken with 2mg of black pepper, its absorbability increased 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, reduce pain even potentially neuropathic pain (by initiating transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is well aware of inflammation’s role in back pain be it chronic or acute. West Des Moines inflammation takes part in disease and in back pain. West Des Moines 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 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 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 West Des Moines cancer patient is fighting cancer, these reactions to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly positive!

Schedule a West Des Moines appointment with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa to chat about how black pepper and turmeric just may spice up your life enough to relieve pain as part of your healthy West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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