Black Pepper And Turmeric – The Combination That Could Save Lives



Breast cancer patients should heave a sigh of relief as scientists from the University of Michigan have discovered and even concluded that the combination of black pepper and turmeric can help breast cancer patients .

Turmeric on its own is an herb that when taken orally the body finds it difficult to absorb the nutrients in its entirety and this is because of turmeric’s fast acting metabolism in the liver and intestinal wall. But on the other hand black pepper has the ability to increase the level of absorption of curcumin by 200%. What this means is that as a combination the two can defend the body from cancers, inflammations and other infections.

The health benefits of the turmeric and black pepper combo

1. Reduces pain and inflammation

The two active components found in the combo are curcumin and piperine; these ingredients can influence over 700 different genes. Also they can constrain the fusion and overall activity of 5-LOX (5-lipo-oxygenase) and (COX2) cyclo-oxygenase-2 as well as the action of other enzymes that cause inflammation.

2. An anti-cancer herb combo

The active component in black pepper (piperine) form studies conducted is widely believed to make the active compound in turmeric (curcumin) over a thousand times more absorbable in the body. It has also been seen that curcumin has anti-cancer properties that are very strong. But if there is no piperine then the absorb-ability of the curcumin is low. So they work better as a combo.

3. Anti-depressant properties also

The components of the combo have very active anti-depressant properties and can greatly raise the dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain thereby preventing the enzyme that causes depression by lower its levels. This enzyme is known as mono-amine oxidase.

4. The combo helps with weight loss

This combo is known to help with weight loss.As you already know black pepper is rich in piperine, which is also a thermogenic ingredient. What this means is that it can help raise the metabolism and increase the amount of calories that are burnt off normally by the human body. It has been claimed by some scientists that the combo gives a feeling of fullness and acts as an appetite suppressant.


You can use turmeric and black pepper combo with any food and most people use them in veggie juices and smoothies.

Recommended dosage:

– 1/2 tablespoon of turmeric and 1/4 tablespoon of black pepper

– Put it in your mouth with a teaspoon and drink lots of water

– Take one teaspoon in the morning and another in the evening



References: Life Extension  Mercola  Living Traditionally