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February 01, 2021 3 min read

Turmeric and black pepper are no strangers to our kitchens; the golden spice, turmeric, has been used for medicinal purposes in India to treat various conditions. Unknown to many, turmeric and black pepper are more than just spices used to season our food and give curry its prominent yellow color; these two spices have various health benefits that cannot be overlooked. This is why we, at Avantera, created a morning nootropic supplement called Elevate that incorporates turmeric and black pepper ingredients. The role they play when it comes to health is very significant.

Both spices have key ingredients that are active and contribute to the qualities that make them medicinal. These qualities are; they are antioxidants, have disease-fighting qualities, and are anti-inflammatory. A combination of black pepper and turmeric is a powerful medical tool, but they are also beneficial if used separately. In turmeric, the key components are called curcuminoids. However, an important ingredient is the most active among the curcuminoids, and this is curcumin. This ingredient is the most important because it gives turmeric its beneficial qualities; curcumin is a strong oxidant, has more than anti-inflammatory qualities, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Additionally, curcumin helps in fighting arthritis by interfering with the platelets' activity and preventing blood clotting.

Black pepper is mostly known for its role in food seasoning. What people do not know is that there is a bioactive component in black pepper called Piperine. Piperine is an alkaloid like the active ingredient in cayenne pepper and chili powder called capsaicin. Piperine has a lot of benefits on its own. It helps relieve nausea; it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation associated with some chronic diseases like asthma, gastritis, and arthritis. It reduces headaches and helps indigestion. There is an important aspect of Piperine that makes its combination with turmeric a match made in heaven. Curcumin in turmeric is not absorbed well in the body; therefore, the body might absorb a very small quantity when you take curcumin alone. However, Piperine can increase the absorption of curcumin by the body. Piperine creates an easier way through the intestinal walls for curcumin to be absorbed into the bloodstream. For effectiveness in the body, curcumin needs to be present in the right quantity in the blood. Piperine slows down the process through which the liver breaks down curcumin, leading to increased blood levels in the liver.

Despite being beneficial alone, turmeric and black pepper work very well together.

  • They help in preventing cancer.

Piperine leads to the death of some cancer cells. When these cancer cells die, the chances of a tumor-forming become very low, and without the growth of tumors, there is no cancer in the body. On the other hand, curcumin decreases cancerous cells' growth, development, and spread at molecular levels.

  • Help to reduce pain and fight inflammation.

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce temporary discomfort and pain. With its anti-arthritic properties, Piperine helps prevent clotting of blood and desensitize specific pain receptors in the body.

  • Help in the digestion process.

There are anti-inflammatory properties in both curcumin and Piperine that help in reducing inflammation in the gut. Curcumin reduces flatulence and spasms in the alimentary canal. The digestive enzymes' activities are enhanced by Piperine, which helps the body digest food and processes it easily and quickly.

With these advantages of preventing inflammation, cancer, and assistance in digestion, turmeric and black pepper are essential ingredients. That is why our morning supplement, Elevate, contains these two vital components.