Turmeric & Black Pepper – 8 amazing health benefits

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 plant 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