4. Turmeric and black pep­per

Health & Fitness - - Healthy Eating -

‘Turmeric’s pow­er­ful anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties are all down to its in­gre­di­ent cur­cumin. Un­for­tu­nately, the chem­i­cal is poorly ab­sorbed in the body, but this can be im­proved in the pres­ence of piper­ane, found in black pep­per. Try adding a pinch of pep­per when us­ing turmeric in dishes or lat­tes. And, if you want get max­i­mum ben­e­fits, try a tailored sup­ple­ment such as Healthspan Opti-Turmeric (£10.99 for 30 caps; healthspan.co.uk), for­mu­lated to max­imise cur­cumin ab­sorp­tion by in­creas­ing its sol­u­bil­ity.’

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