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Richmond Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Are they simply spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have long histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Johnson Chiropractic discloses some of the current reports about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Richmond chiropractic patients are healthy people often pursuing a healthier way to disease management and prevention. Johnson Chiropractic adds some spice to this healthier way of life and Richmond back pain relief!

Johnson Chiropractic looks for healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic demonstrates itself to be for our Richmond chiropractic patients and families at Johnson Chiropractic. 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 – presents evidence of cure for centuries even while lacking scientific explanation thus far. Biologists today are studying spices’ medicinal value and reporting evidence for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may stop the progression of microorganisms. (1) Johnson Chiropractic would think that Richmond 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 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 – heightens 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, 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; ease 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) Johnson Chiropractic is well aware of inflammation’s role in back pain whether it is chronic or acute. Richmond inflammation plays a role in disease and in back pain. Richmond chiropractic care via spinal manipulation and nutrition advice helps 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 seem to react 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, stop tumor creation, movement and attack, and sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Richmond cancer patient is dealing with cancer, these responses to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly good!

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

 
 
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