The Arthritis Foundation in the United States as a natural pain reliever recommends turmeric. This herb has found its way into teas and other beverages, pain relief supplements, and adds a signature yellow color to foods.
If you've been adding turmeric to your food because of its naturally healthy benefits, there is one thing you should know, however. The healing properties of turmeric are very minimal when it is used on its own. However, add ground or crushed black pepper to turmeric, and you seriously crank up the pain relief.
Not only does turmeric provide pain relief properties, but the
combination of pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin found in turmeric. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which delivers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
How important is the addition of black pepper to turmeric to boost your pain relief? One study showed that ingesting 2 g of curcumin had a barely noticeable effect. However, when 20 mg of piperine (found in black pepper) were added, the bioavailability of curcumin was increased by as much as 2,000%.
That is more than just a little bit significant. Bioavailability simply refers to the amount of a drug, chemical or substance that is able to have an effect. So add black pepper to your turmeric in your favorite foods for a wonderful natural pain reliever. You also receive healthy antioxidants for boosting your immune system, and the pepper–turmeric combination delivers cancer fighting benefits as well.