Curcumin in turmeric is a strong antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial & anti-fungal properties. However, one of the greatest downfalls of curcumin is that it’s not well absorbed in the body.
Black pepper contains the bioactive compound piperine, which has shown to help relieve nausea, headaches & poor digestion. Still, its most significant benefit may be its ability to boost the absorption of curcumin.
Research supports that combining piperine with curcumin enhances its absorption by up to 2000%. One theory on how this works is that piperine makes it easier for curcumin to pass through the intestinal wall & into the blood stream, making it more readily available for the body.
Turmeric’s curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory properties; some studies have shown it to match the power of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the negative side effects. In addition, studies have shown that curcumin can play a role in preventing arthritis - a disease characterized by joint inflammation and pain.
Piperine has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. It helps desensitize a specific pain receptor in the body, which can further reduce feelings of discomfort. Thus, when combined, curcumin and piperine are a powerful inflammation-fighting duo that can significantly reduce discomfort & pain.
Furthermore, curcumin shows promise in not only treating, but preventing cancer. Test-tube studies suggest that it can decrease cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level. It can also contribute to the death of cancerous cells.
Piperine seems to play a role in the death of certain cancer cells as well, which can decrease your risk of tumor formation. One study showed that curcumin and piperine, both separately and in combination, interrupted the self-renewal process of breast stem cells. This is important, as this process is where breast cancer originates. Further studies point to curcumin and piperine having protective effects against additional cancers, including prostate, pancreatic, colorectal and more.
Lastly, curcumin & piperine enhance the activity of digestive enzymes, helping the body process food. - 1 hour ago