According to a group of scientists from the University of Michigan, a combination of black pepper and turmeric offers great protection against breast cancer. This mixture can help breast cancer patients recover from the disease. Even though turmeric is a powerful spice, it must be combined with some other compound in order for it to be absorbed in the body properly. Black pepper is the compound which improves the absorption of turmeric by up to 200%, creating a powerful combination that will offer protection against inflammation, infection and cancer.

Health benefits of black pepper and turmeric

  1. Lowers inflammation and back pain

Curcumin and piperine, the active ingredients of turmeric and black pepper, can affect over 700 genes, and inhibit the synthesis and activity of 5-LOX and COX-2, as well as the activity of a few enzymes that are related to inflammation.

  1. A strong anti-cancer combo

The piperine improves the body’s absorption of curcumin by 1000 times. According to numerous studies, curcumin has strong anti-cancer effects, although it has very low bioavailability. A study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal has shown that the combination of black pepper and turmeric successfully targets and kills cancer cells.

  1. Great against depression

The two substances are great against depression, increasing the dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, and preventing the activity of the mono-amine oxidase, an enzyme that has been connected to depression when its levels are high.

  1. Aid weight loss

The combination of black pepper and turmeric aids weight loss thanks to the piperine, a thermogenic substance that can boost metabolism and increase the amount of calories burnt. Some scientists say that the mix of these two ingredients makes you feel full, cutting the amount of calories we intake. The combination can be used in almost any food, smoothie or vegetable juice.

Recommended dosage

Put half a teaspoon of turmeric and ¼ of a teaspoon of black pepper in a glass of water and drink the solution twice a day, in the morning and evening.