Combining black pepper with turmeric is very important when it comes to preventing and treating breast cancer. The turmeric is very powerful herb with many medicinal properties on its own, but when it is orally consumed it is often poorly absorbed because of its fast metabolism in the intestinal wall and the liver. But, black pepper can increase the bioavailability (the absorption) of the curcumin, the major substance of turmeric that can fight infections, inflammation and cancer for above 1,000%. Black pepper and turmeric are added to numerous foods and even fresh vegetable juices and smoothies.
Health benefits of black pepper and turmeric
– Powerful anti-cancer combination – according to studies, the piperine, an active compound of black pepper, makes the cancer-fighting ingredient of turmeric, curcumin, more bioavailable for about 1,000 times. Without piperine, the bioavailability of curcumin is very low. This combination is very effective when it comes to targeting cancer stem cells.
– Natural antidepressant – some active substances in black pepper and turmeric have anti-depressant effects that can increase the level of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and stop monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that is related to depression when found in the brain in high levels.
– Weight loss – the piperine substance in the black pepper is thermogenic. This means that can boost the metabolism and increase the number of burnt calories by the body. Additionally, it helps in stimulating a sensation of fullness and satiety.
– Reduces pain and inflammation – this combination can affect over 700 genes and stop both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2), 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX) and other enzymes which lead to inflammation.
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