Extract of black pepper (Piper nigrum) to maximise absorption of nutrients from food
We’re all familiar with the hotness of black pepper: it is due to the biological activity of several active compounds, in particular piperine.
Piperine is an alkaloid used for more than 20 years to maximise the bioavailability of nutrients. Black pepper is one of three essential natural ingredients used in the majority of Ayurvedic formulations.
It can increase absorption of selenium and vitamin C by up to 42% and 50% respectively. Below are just some of the many micronutrients where absorption can be improved by piperine:
Its effects are due to three distinct mechanisms of ac ...
Originating from South Asia, curcuma, or turmeric, is a perennial herbaceous plant and a member of the ginger family. It is particularly valued for its rhizomes (the underground parts) from which the yellow-orange spice is obtained. Though the spice is primarily known as a culinary ingredient, curcuma also has a number of health benefits.
Part of Chinese and Ayurvedic systems of medicine for centuries, curcuma is traditionally used to stimulate digestion and treat digestive problems. It acts primarily by increasing bile secretion, thus facilitating digestion. As a result of its therapeutic benefits, curcuma has been the subject of numerous scientific studies. Researchers have succeeded in isolating the substances responsible for curcuma’s many benefits – curcuminoids – of which curcumin is the most abundant in curcuma and the best-documented in the scienti ...
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