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Pepper Your Meals as Medicine

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Friday, 13 April 2018 03:55 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Sgt. Pepper may have led the Lonely Hearts Club Band for the Beatles in 1967, but we're promoting him to major general and spreading the pepper around as much as possible.

It turns out this spice contains an ingredient called piperine that has amazing powers. As a study in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology points out, it’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, anti-asthmatic, anti-convulsant, anti-mutagenic, anti-mycobacterial, anti-amoebic and anticancer dynamo.

It also increases levels and activity of detoxifying enzymes and suppresses stem cell self-renewal.

And while research in the petri dish and in animals confirms these powers, researchers are hoping to show that it is just as useful in fighting cancer in humans as it is in turning a bland meal into a tasty one.

While scientists explore how to harness the power of piperine, we say add it to your "food as medicine" pantry.

Grind fresh black pepper (make the effort) onto veggies, soups, salads, lean proteins like skinless chicken, and even onto sweet cantaloupe or in smoothies for some zing.

But avoid taking piperine in supplements or using excessively without talking to your doctor, because piperine can increase the bioavailability of some drugs.

Wondering what you can add to your meals to increase the heart-, brain- and gut-loving power of smart food choices? Here are six remarkable foods-as-medicine that you want to bring into your diet: black pepper, turmeric, salmon/sea trout, extra-virgin olive oil, walnuts, and berries.

Bonus round: coffee, dark chocolate, and red wine.

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