Turmeric, also known as the golden spice, is a tall plant that grows in Asia and Central America. It has been used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) for thousands of years to treat various health conditions, thanks to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties. However, when coupled with black pepper, the effects can be greatly enhanced!
Why combine turmeric with black pepper?
The disadvantage of turmeric is its low bioavailability, so if you want to treat yourself with it, you need to consume large quantities. Turmeric and black pepper are a frequently recommended combination to increase the assimilation of curcumin (the nutritional component in turmeric) by the body. More specifically, piperine (an active ingredient in pepper) helps increase the bioavailability of curcumin. This is why, in Ayurvedic traditions, turmeric is mainly associated with other spices, and systematically with pepper.
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7 Anti-Inflammatory recipes with Turmeric and Black Pepper: