So, back in the day when I first received my diagnosis and went nuts researching how to best rid my body of inflammation, I started making a tea that contained ginger, honey, and lemon. I later added turmeric. And when I could, I used fresh ingredients.
Now I’m lazy and just sip on a mug of tea steeped from a tea bag. I’ve tried several different ginger teas (some with turmeric, some without). But my favorite right now is Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea. I’ve also started putting a turmeric powder in my shakes in the morning. It’s made by Gaia Herbs and it’s their Turmeric Boost Restore formula. I blend it with a banana, some almond milk, and a pea protein powder mix.
But somewhere between making my homemade tea and finding TJ’s tea, someone told me that in order to allow my body to really soak in the benefits of turmeric I needed to incorporate black pepper. What? Hence the hunt for the alleged uber anti-inflammatory tea (and other products) with ginger, turmeric, and black pepper.
I was tellin’ my Mum about it recently and she poked me to research and write about it. Why ARE they supposed to be consumed together? Why not? So, here I am…drinking my TJ’s tea and hitting the internet for answers!! AND using goodsearch.com drops a one-cent donation to the Endometriosis Foundation of America each time I search a term! A double whammy!
I’m no nutritionist and don’t understand the chemical breakdowns of these types of things, so here’s my laymen understanding …
From what I can tell, an ingredient found in turmeric (called curcumin) is processed too quickly in our bodies and we don’t have a chance to absorb it well. An ingredient found in black pepper (called piperine) slows down that process and allows the curcumin-y goodness to enter our bloodstream and work its magic. There’s a 1998 study out there that compares the levels of curcumin in the bloodstream with and without black pepper.; showing a 2000% increase when consumed with black pepper (don’t ask me the ratios). Do be careful, though: there are suggestions and concerns of piperine and certain drug interactions. So, as usual: talk to your doctor first.
BUT…please…feel free to read the articles in the Resources section below and form your own opinion! I know nothing!! But I do know I’ll continue my turmeric & black pepper combo routine.
Healthcloud – (Article, Feb. 18, 2015) Do I Need to Take Pepper with Turmeric?
Healthy and Natural World – (Article) How to Optimize Turmeric Absorption for Super Boosted Benefits
Lucy Bee Blog – (Article, Sept. 22, 2016) Why We Should Be Eating Turmeric with Black Pepper
Just Vitamins – (Article, Sept. 25, 2017) Why Turmeric and Black Pepper Need to Be Taken Together
Pharmacy Times – (Article, July 28, 2017) Piperine Drug Interactions
Planta Medica – (Study, 1998) Influence of Piperine on the Pharmacokinetics of Curcumin in Animals and Human Volunteers
Turmeric for Health – (Article) 6 Amazing Health Benefits of Black Pepper and Turmeric
~ Again, I am a layman. I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings. Or challenge them. And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. Yours ~ Lisa