Ottawa Chiropractic Nutrition Tip: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Just spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have long histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider shares some of the current reports about the benefits of turmeric and black pepper: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. Ottawa chiropractic patients are healthy people often seeking a healthier approach to disease management and prevention. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider adds some spice to this healthier approach and Ottawa back pain relief!

The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider looks for healthier ways of living just as chiropractic demonstrates itself to be for our Ottawa chiropractic patients and families at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider. Adding some spice is one such way. Research coming out of South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are key to traditional foods of the region – presents evidence of cure for centuries despite deficient in scientific explanation as of yet. Today, biologists are studying the medicinal value of spices and showing support for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may stop the progression of microorganisms. (1) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider would surmise that Ottawa 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 – improves 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, 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, reduce 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) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is well aware of inflammation’s role in back pain be it chronic or acute. Ottawa inflammation takes part in disease and in back pain. Ottawa 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 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 encourage cell death, halt production, migration and invasion of tumors, and sensitize tumors to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a Ottawa cancer patient is fighting cancer, these responses to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly positive!

Schedule a Ottawa appointment with The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider to discuss how black pepper and turmeric might spice up your life enough to reduce pain as part of your healthy Ottawa chiropractic treatment plan.

 
 
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