Have you heard of Bioperine? Piperine? Black Pepper?
Chances are, you have.
A piperine extract, derived from black pepper fruits, Bioperine has been shown to increase nutrient absorption and nutrient bioavailability in humans.
Supplement companies use Bioperine to enhance the ingredients in their formula and ensure your body is able to absorb its nutrients.
In this article, we’ll learn about Bioperine and its health benefits, as well as its role as an active ingredient in our supplements.
WHAT IS BIOPERINE?
As one of the most widely used spices around the world, there’s no surprise that black pepper is a staple seasoning in most households.
Its spicy or “hot” flavor adds a little kick to your dishes, but its overall positive effect on your health is even more impressive.
Black pepper has been found to:
- Reduce Oxidative Stress
- Improve Cholesterol Levels
- Decrease Appetite
Intrigued by these benefits, researchers decided to dig a little deeper and discovered that black pepper’s spicy flavor results from its bioactive compound, piperine. With this discovery, scientists extracted piperine from black pepper and created the trademarked Bioperine.
Bioperine contains at least 95% piperine and is easily absorbed in the body.
More piperine benefits are being discovered with continued research, and more people are taking Bioperine as part of their supplement regimen- a much more practical method of consuming sufficient piperine than adding endless black pepper to your cooking!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BIOPERINE
These benefits translate to improved cardiovascular health, improvements in diabetes or other blood sugar disorders, and reduced joint pain.
In addition, research suggests other benefits include an improved immune system, increased dopamine and serotonin levels, and improved brain health.
While more research is needed to understand its effects on human health, some animal studies show that piperine may improve memory, prevent mental impairment in those with Alzheimer’s disease, and decrease inflammation in those with Parkinson’s disease.
As it relates to its role in supplement intake, Bioperine is most known for its ability to:
- Increase Nutrient Absorption
- Increase Bioavailability
INCREASES NUTRIENT ABSORPTION
The foods we eat play a crucial role in our health but eating the right foods is only part of the equation.
Those nutrients need to be adequately absorbed in our digestive system to enter our bloodstream and make it to our other organs.
For many nutrients, your digestive capacity can only absorb a fraction of what you ingest, meaning only so much is moved from your digestive system to your bloodstream.
The same applies to nutrients such as Vitamin C, selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, beta-carotene, iron, etc.
Without efficient and effective absorption, our bodies cannot function properly and may be at risk for deficiencies and disease.
When quality nutrition and supplement intake are combined with Bioperine, you can get much more out of the nutrients you consume as your body can retain a more significant portion of them.
But just how does Bioperine work?
Studies have found that piperine stimulates the release of pancreatic and intestinal enzymes that aid in the digestion of fat and carbohydrates.
Piperine has also been found to slow the digestion of food, providing the body with more time to absorb nutrients.
Bioperine acts in the same capacity as piperine, but we know the concentrated dose delivered since it is a manufactured product.
Bioperine not only enhances nutrient absorption by increasing the amount of nutrients that reach the bloodstream, but it also increases the extent to which the absorption occurs.
Bioperine has been found to enhance the absorption of many nutrients by at least 30%.
For example, turmeric has very poor bioavailability because of its quick metabolism in the intestinal wall and liver.
No matter the amount of turmeric you consume, it can only be utilized by the body to a certain point. However, by adding Bioperine, you increase turmeric’s bioavailability significantly.
Incredibly, one study found that when humans consumed 2000mg of curcumin, the bioactive ingredient in turmeric, their serum levels were almost undetectable. However, when they consumed the same amount of curcumin with an added 20mg of piperine, their serum test results increased significantly without any adverse side effects.
Because of this research, we know the beneficial effects that Bioperine can have when added to supplements, especially those with turmeric, such as our JOINT Turmeric Capsules and our PRE: Plant Based Pre Workout.
BIOPERINE'S ROLE IN SUPPLEMENTS
Bioperine is added to supplements in order to maximize its benefits by increasing the body’s ability to absorb and utilize the nutrients provided.
Whether it’s Turmeric, CoQ10, Vitamin A, Curcumin, or any other nutrient, Bioperine helps your body take in and retain nutrients from the products you trust.
Furthermore, Bioperine is the only source of piperine extract clinically studied to validate its safety and efficacy for nutritional use.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS BIOPERINE?
Bioperine is a manufactured, concentrated dose of piperine. This patented extract obtained from black pepper has many exciting properties.
It’s known for its anti-cancer properties as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it plays a role in heart health, the body’s ability to control blood sugar and weight, and the body’s absorption of nutrients.
More than adding black pepper to your meals, Bioperine is considered beneficial when combined with supplements.
WHAT IS BIOPERINE USED FOR?
Bioperine is known for its numerous health benefits.
- Increases nutrient absorption.
- Increases nutrient bioavailability.
Along with its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant traits when taken on its own, Bioperine can be combined with other ingredients to create a powerful nutritional supplement.
WHAT DOES BIOPERINE DO?
Bioperine improves many aspects of health by helping the body meet its nutritional needs through improved retention of nutrients.
By utilizing the bioactive compound of black pepper, Bioperine stimulates different areas of the gut to aid in digestion and control blood sugar.
We can only add so much black pepper to our meals, making Bioperine that much more beneficial.
WHY IS BIOPERINE ADDED TO SUPPLEMENTS?
Bioperine can be taken on its own, or it can be combined with other supplements in order to enhance supplement absorption.
When added to a supplement, Bioperine can increase the supplement’s effectiveness and ultimately improve absorption and increase bioavailability.
Bioperine can increase nutrient absorption by at least 30% in nutrients like CoQ10, selenium, Vitamin C, and beta-carotene, or even up to 2000% in curcumin.
WHY IS BIOPERINE USED WITH TURMERIC?
Turmeric is often used to treat inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Unfortunately, it has poor bioavailability secondary to its quick metabolism in the digestive system, meaning it is not readily absorbed in the bloodstream.
By adding Bioperine to supplements with turmeric, the absorption of its bioactive ingredient known as curcumin increases by up to 2000%.
Curcumin appears to be the most active compound in turmeric, and it has several health benefits, including its antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties.
More than just an ingredient in black pepper, piperine is a bioactive component that plays a significant role in the absorption and bioavailability of many nutrients.
Choosing and routinely taking supplements with Bioperine as an ingredient helps your body maximize its benefits.
These benefits potentially lead to improved heart health, better blood sugar control, increased anti-inflammatory benefits, and weight loss with decreased fat cells.
The benefits of Bioperine are endless when you consider the domino effect that quality supplements have on the body.