Turmeric & Black Pepper – 8 amazing health benefits

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A winning combination to combat inflammation in sore joints.

Recently, I have had a pain in the side of my left knee. I looked up supplements to help my knee to heal and came across turmeric and black pepper supplements. This article addresses the benefits of using turmeric for inflammation in joints, as well as a whole load of other benefits for the mind, body and soul.

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is an Indian spice, common in many Asian foods. It is an edible root from the Curcuma longa plantย of the ginger family. It is often ground down and added to food to add flavour and spice.

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It’s health benefits are widely known and is often taken as a supplement, to help reduce inflammation within the body.

What makes Turmeric anti-inflammatory?

– Curcumin –

Turmeric contains a bio-active compound known as curcumin. This can help relieve symptoms of inflammation within the body. It has been shown in many studies to be:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-Fungal

As well as being a powerful anti-oxidant. It’s no wonder it helps with a myriad of joint problems.

Why should Black Pepper be taken with Turmeric?

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The active ingredient – piperine is an extract found in black pepper. When taken with curcumin, it helps boost absorption. This improves absorption rates. Curcumin on its own is difficult for the body to absorb, this is why it is important to take black pepper with turmeric.

– 8 health benefits of this wonder root –

  1. Boosts cognitive function in the brain
  2. Eases aches and pains due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  3. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is also good for the heart, cardio-vascular and respiratory systems
  4. Anti-oxidants in turmeric means it is anti-ageing, helping to fight wrinkles and ageing
  5. Curcumin found in turmeric is known to fight inflammation markers within the body
  6. The liver is supported by turmeric, aiding detoxification of the body
  7. Turmeric can help to stabilise mood
  8. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, turmeric is known to support weight loss

Why does this wonder root support a yogic diet?

As well as the benefits noted above, turmeric when taken with black pepper, helps to support the body when healing from yoga practice. It helps to ease inflammation in joints, muscles and promotes healing. It helps to stabilize mental and physical wellbeing, making it an amazing supplement to use in your practice.

Do you use turmeric in cooking? Do you take turmeric supplements?

I’d love to hear from you!

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

41 Comments

  1. I am a fan of turmeric powder, for cooking or even for hot drinks. I love reading the health benefits you posted!

  2. This is really interesting! I’ve heard of the health benefits of tumeric before but never looked into it properly. Never has it been more important to look after our health!

  3. Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.

  4. I’ve heard about some of the benefits of tumeric but this has just reminded me how good it is for you x

  5. Wow! Turmeric has so many health benefits! I love the fact that it can boost our mental abilities. I’ll go get look for a supplement that has it.

  6. I use turmeric daily when cooking but didn’t’ know so much about it. Thanks for such an insightful post!

  7. I always drink tea with Turmeric during the winter to thwart the cold and flu. It is super effect!

  8. I use black pepper and turmeric daily in my cooking and drink turmeric in hot water daily. It has so many great health benefits.

  9. Turmeric is my go-to natural medicine for things like cuts, cold and sore throat. I should try including black pepper as well in my natural Medi-kit. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. oooh I love both of these! turmeric especially is a go-to spice for me in cooking. And I love me some black pepper on my salads for a bit of zip!

  11. Turmeric has amazing benefits, I use it in cooking (and skincare great for brightening / glowing properties). We do have turmeric tea in the home but I’ve never tried it.

  12. I love reading anything about black pepper. I have a functional medicine doctor that intrrocduced me to the benefits of black pepper. I put it on everything i eat and drink.

  13. I love turmeric both taste and affect on health are very nice. I strongly believe in helping your body natural way via food

  14. I love the benefits of turmeric! I wasn’t aware of the combination with black pepper, I’ll have to give that a try and share this info with my mom who’s dealing with some inflammation these days ; ) thanks!

  15. We often consume turmeric-black pepper powder milk for immunity and treating common cold. As you rightly mentioned, turmeric has many medicinal benefits.

  16. Oh wow! So my grandma was right all along. I’m surprised that this is legit. Been using this since I was a kid.

  17. I had no idea of the additional benefits of taking black pepper with tumeric, such a good combination, I have a tumeric moisturiser that I need to dig out and start using x

  18. I love drinking Turmeric tea, especially in the winter. When I feel sick, I always drink it and makes me better. My mom sent me a lot of Turmeric tea a few years ago and I love it!

  19. This is such a great, informative post so thank you for sharing! I had no idea idea Turmeric had so many health benefits but I will definitely be looking into supplements a little more as they sound like something that could be really beneficial to me too.

  20. please share with us about the benefits of ginger too. I do know about the benefits of tumeric and kind of drinking it on a daily basis with me coconut coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ – Knycx Journeying

  21. I usually used this both….and yes im agreed that there are lots of benefits specially in health

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