The benefits of any plant or food for your health are based on its active key ingredients.
Piperine is a key chemical found in black pepper. It is similar to capsaicin, which is a chemical in chili and offers a lot of benefits for overall health. Curcumin, which is a polyphenol, plays the same role in turmeric.
Both turmeric and black pepper have been studied to examine the potential health benefits they may offer together or individually. Below are some of their benefits:
Health Benefits of Turmeric and Black Pepper:
1. Cancer Prevention
The combination of black pepper and turmeric works against cancer. Black pepper allows turmeric to do its job all the way.
Curcumin present in turmeric helps to destroy cancer cells, source 1
Human studies that have shown the anticancer effects of turmeric are promising, especially on gastric, colon, breast, and leukemia cells. Also, studies show that the incidence of cancer is reported to be low in India, compared to western countries, where turmeric is used regularly.
2. Diabetes Management
Diabetes can cause other health problems. One common byproduct of diabetes is damage to the blood vessels. Researchers reported that the piperine and curcumin compounds, which are present in black pepper and turmeric, help reduce the oxidative stress that causes damage to blood vessels.
So take black pepper and turmeric to keep diabetic complications at bay, source 2
3. Helps in Digestion
Ayurvedic medicine has relied on turmeric for years to support digestive health. Modern research has reported that it reduces bloating and cramps.
Both black pepper and turmeric have been reported to help boost digestive enzymes in the gut and thus help your system process food more easily and faster.
4. Liver Health
In the liver, turmeric helps increase cholesterol elimination by increasing bile production. Also, curcumin helps protect liver cells from damage caused by toxins, including peroxide, galactosamine, tobacco smoke, and household chemicals.
Black pepper helps to increase the bioavailability of glutathione, which is a key compound that helps protect the liver at the cellular level.
5. Relieves Discomfort
Both black pepper and turmeric combined work together to alleviate temporary discomfort. Piperine desensitizes the pain receptor known as TRPV1. While turmeric helps to alleviate occasional joint discomfort.
Put them together and you will have immediate relief from pain and stiffness. This is one of the reasons turmeric is very well known and popular among athletes.