According to a study conducted at the University of Michigan, the mixture of black pepper and turmeric can be very effective against breast cancer. Turmeric is difficult to be absorbed and black pepper has the ability to improve the absorption. Also, black pepper has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, while turmeric contains curcumin. These substances have powerful anti-cancer properties, according to recent studies. Without piperine, the effectiveness of turmeric is quite poor. According to a study published in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal, the combination of curcumin and piperine has the ability to destroy cancer stem cells.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Curcumin and piperine have an impact on more than 700 genes and it can inhibit the activity and formation of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that cause inflammation.
This powerful combination can also stimulate the weight-loss process. The piperine is known to be a thermogenic, meaning that it has the ability to speed up the metabolism and boost the fat-burning process. Also, it can suppress appetite.
Curcumin and piperine are able to increase the serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. Also, it inhibits the secretion of monoamine oxidase, an enzyme related to depression if found in excess amounts in the brain.
You can add black pepper and turmeric to almost every meal, as well as in your fresh salads, vegetable juices and smoothies.