Health Benefits of Organic Turmeric, Ginger, and Black Pepper: An Anti-Inflammatory Powerhouse

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Turmeric, ginger, and black pepper are power-packed, anti-inflammatory superfoods. This combination has been used for centuries in the eastern hemisphere in food and for its healing properties.

And now, there is research to prove their benefits.


Benefits of turmeric

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. The active chemical in turmeric is curcumin, which reduces pain and inflammation in the body – particularly joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis[1].

In one study, 1000 mg of curcumin a day was as effective as standard pain medicine Ibuprofen in reducing pain from osteoarthritis[2].

How to eat turmeric

You can include it in your cooking or take it as a supplement.

Turmeric is fat-soluble,[3] so if you prefer it in your food, you could add turmeric to any meal you cook, stir it into a warm cup of milk or tea, or try a vegan turmeric latte. But be careful. If you add too much, your food could get bitter. Also, curcumin is bright yellow and can stain teeth, fingers, clothes, containers, and even countertops.

If you want the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric without the bitter taste or the hassle of yellow stains, supplements may be the answer. When eaten alone, our bodies do not absorb turmeric well. However, eating black pepper and turmeric together increases the absorption or bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%[4].


Benefits of ginger

The active ingredient in ginger is called Gingerol and has been proven to be a powerful antioxidant.[5],[6] Several studies have also shown that ginger can help decrease inflammation and pain.[7],[8] Ginger extract has also helped reduce symptoms of osteoarthritic pain in the knee.[9],[10]

How to eat ginger

Just like turmeric, ginger is a common ingredient in many global cuisines. Here are some vegan recipes with ginger to get you started. Ginger has a pungent smell, and some people find it spicy, so try it in smaller quantities at first. If you prefer a no-fuss way to get the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger without having to cook it or taste it, try it as a supplement.

Black Pepper

Benefits of black pepper

Black pepper is a well-accepted staple around the world. The active ingredient in black pepper is piperine, a potent antioxidant. Oxidation - from a bad diet, too much sun, smoking, or more - can age us faster. Eating plenty of natural antioxidants in your diet can help combat the effects of oxidation[11].  

How to eat black pepper

You can add powdered or crushed black peppercorns to anything you eat. But if you’re looking for something new, try a vegan lemon pepper tofu sheet pan dinner or a vegan pepper tofu stir fry. Remember, eating black pepper with turmeric boosts turmeric absorption in our bodies.[12] So, you can try a recipe involving both or an all-natural, vegan, organic turmeric, ginger, and black pepper supplement


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[2] Kuptniratsaikul V, Dajpratham P, Taechaarpornkul W. et al. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 Mar 20;9:451-8.doi: 10.2147/CIA.S58535. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24672232; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3964021.

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[4] Hewlings, S. J., & Kalman, D. S. (2017). Curcumin: A Review of Its Effects on Human Health. Foods (Basel, Switzerland), 6(10), 92.

[5] Aeschbach R, Loliger J, Scott B. C, Murcia A, Butler J, Halliwell B, Aruoma O. I. Antioxidant actions of thymol, carvacrol, [6]-gingerol, zingerone and hydroxytyrosol. Food Chem Toxicol. 1994;32(1):31–6.

[6] Halvorsen B. L, editor. et al. A systematic screening of total antioxidants in dietary plants. J Nutr. 2002;132(3):461–71

[7] Minghetti P, Sosa S, Cilurzo F, editors. et al. Evaluation of the topical anti-inflammatory activity of ginger dry extracts from solutions and plasters. Planta Med. 2007;73(15):1525–30.

[8] Dedov V. N, Tran V. H, Duke C. C, Connor M, Christie M. J, Mandadi S, Roufogalis B. D. Gingerols: A novel class of vanilloid receptor (VR1) agonists. Br J Pharmacol. 2002;137(6):793–8.

[9] Altman RD, Marcussen KC. Effects of a ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2001 Nov;44(11):2531-8. doi: 10.1002/1529-0131(200111)44:11<2531: aid-art433>;2-j. PMID: 11710709.

[10] Naderi, Z., Mozaffari-Khosravi, H., Dehghan, A., Nadjarzadeh, A., & Huseini, H. F. (2015). Effect of ginger powder supplementation on nitric oxide and C-reactive protein in elderly knee osteoarthritis patients: A 12-week double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Journal of traditional and complementary medicine, 6(3), 199–203.

[11] Hussain T, Tan B, Yin Y, Blachier F, Tossou MC, Rahu N. Oxidative Stress and Inflammation: What Polyphenols Can Do for Us? Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2016;2016:7432797. doi: 10.1155/2016/7432797. Epub 2016 Sep 22. PMID: 27738491; PMCID: PMC5055983.

[12] Hewlings, S. J., & Kalman, D. S. (2017). Curcumin: A Review of Its Effects on Human Health. Foods (Basel, Switzerland), 6(10), 92.

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