Why does adding black pepper to turmeric increase its medicinal properties?

Turmeric and pepper are often used in Indian cooking because of their distinct flavours. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is from the ginger family, while black pepper (Piper nigrum) is from the pepper family. Here's how each one works:

Black pepper contains piperine.

Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that gives it its distinct, peppery taste. Piperine is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, making it especially effective in fighting disease. In addition, piperine has been found to have antibacterial properties and may help prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

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Piperine helps certain enzymes from breaking down turmeric.

Turmeric, when taken alone, can be helpful for many things: it's an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. But if you add black pepper to the mix (and you should), its benefits are amplified.

It turns out that black pepper contains a compound called piperine that helps certain enzymes from breaking down turmeric. This allows more of the turmeric to enter your system instead of being broken down in your digestive tract before reaching your cells. Various research supports that combining the piperine in black pepper with the curcumin in turmeric enhances curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%

Piperine also boosts your metabolic rate.

Piperine is alkaloid found in black pepper. Pepper has been shown to have powerful effects on the body—particularly when it comes to boosting metabolism, increasing energy expenditure and helping burn fat. Piperine also boosts your metabolic rate. This is a big reason why it's often taken as a supplement for weight loss. Piperine can even increase how long you feel full after eating!

Turmeric, from the ginger family, is rich in curcumin.

Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is rich in curcumin. Curcumin has various health benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to treat arthritis and joint pain.

A 2012 study showed that curcumin inhibits NF-kB (nuclear factor kappa B), a protein that regulates inflammation. This could reduce symptoms of inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis by reducing swelling and pain associated with these conditions.

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and health benefits.

The main component of turmeric is curcumin. This chemical has a plethora of health benefits that are based on its anti-inflammatory properties. For example, it's been found to benefit the immune system, digestive system, and other areas of the body.

Curcumin's potency can be boosted by consuming it with black pepper.

Black pepper has a compound called piperine that helps certain enzymes from breaking down turmeric. This means that when you consume black pepper along with turmeric, the curcumin in your body is more bioavailable and thus more effective.

To make things even better, black pepper increases your metabolic rate thanks to piperine (it's also been shown to increase thermogenesis). This means that helping you get rid of fat and building lean muscle mass will also help you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism.

To get the most out of your turmeric, add some black pepper.

So why do you need to add black pepper to your turmeric?

Well, the black pepper piperine increases curcumin's bioavailability by 2000%. That means that when you take turmeric with black pepper, you'll get a stronger effect from its active ingredient.

Curcumin has powerful antioxidants. It helps prevent inflammation and has many other health benefits as well!

Now that you know why black pepper is good for you, we hope you will be more willing to try it in your cooking. You can use this knowledge to bring more nutrients into your diet or even start new traditions around food preparation. Feel free to experiment with different recipes and combinations of spices.


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