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La Grande Chiropractic Nutrition Idea: Black Pepper & Turmeric

Black Pepper. Turmeric. Just spices? Not at all! Black pepper and turmeric have lengthy histories as seasonings and medicines.  Such spicy histories! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC reveals some of the current findings about the benefits of black pepper and turmeric: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer. La Grande chiropractic patients are healthy people often seeking a healthier way to disease prevention and care. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC adds some spice to this healthier way of life and La Grande back pain relief!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC looks for healthier approaches to living just as chiropractic proves to be for our La Grande chiropractic patients and families at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC. Adding some spice is one such way. Research coming out of South Asia and Middle East countries - where spices are fundamental to traditional foods of the region – presents evidence of cure for centuries despite lacking scientific explanation thus far. Today, biologists are examining spices’ medicinal value and reporting support for the antimicrobial effects they have and just how they may stop the growth of microorganisms. (1) La Grande chiropractic patients and families appreciate that extra value of their spicy food! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC does!

The spices black pepper (peperine) and turmeric (curcumin and curcuminoids) work together well. Asian foods have tasted better and been healthier for years! Curcumin and other curcuminoids – chemical compounds in turmeric – are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial in nature. Black pepper – akin to capsaicin – heightens the power of turmeric. Curcumin is not very bioavailable, so black pepper allows it to be absorbed better.  One study reports that if 2 grams of curcumin are taken alone, serum levels remain low. If it is taken with 2mg of black pepper, its absorbability rose 2000%! Together, black pepper and turmeric offer to control obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes; alleviate peptic ulcers (by preventing H-pylori bacteria growth); avert some cancers, lessen pain even potentially neuropathic pain (by starting transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1); and alleviate inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and the like). (2) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC sees inflammation’s role in back pain whether it’s chronic or acute. La Grande inflammation plays a role in disease and in back pain. La Grande chiropractic care by spinal manipulation and nutrition advice helps back pain and related inflammation.

Some of the most astonishing research on the value of spices like black pepper and turmeric indicate their effects on prevention and treatment of cancers. Lung, liver, breast, stomach, colorectal, cervix and prostate cancers seem to respond well to black pepper, turmeric, black cumin, ginger, garlic, saffron and chili pepper. These spices have bioactive compounds – curcumin, thymoquinone, piperine, capsaicin - that encourage cell death, stop production, migration and invasion of tumors, and prepare tumors to be sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (3) When a La Grande cancer patient is fighting cancer, these reactions to spices like black pepper and turmeric are certainly good!

Schedule a La Grande appointment with Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC to chat about how black pepper and turmeric might spice up your life enough to relieve pain as part of your healthy La Grande chiropractic treatment plan.

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