People have known about the benefits of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, for quite some time now. This substance, which we’ve always included in our Feel Multivitamin™, appears to be one of the world’s most potent antioxidants, and it has a host of benefits from fighting inflammation to helping with memory.
The problem with curcumin, however, is its bioavailability. Try as they might, scientists historically haven’t been able to deliver curcumin isolate with high absorption rates, but with the dawn of Bioperine®, turmeric is now easy to digest.
Bioperine® is a patented formulation of piperine, which is a substance that is naturally-occurring in black pepper. This substance is what makes pepper taste spicy, and recent research into piperine indicates that this natural substance improves turmeric absorption significantly.
Piperine also has a number of unique benefits beyond improving curcumin absorption, and while research into this substance is still preliminary, we’ll cover the major benefits of piperine in this guide as part of our celebration of the new ingredients in Feel Multivitamin™.
Bioperine® (Piperine) has been used to improve the bioavailability of various nutrients and other substances for decades
Here are a few of the most noted benefits of the piperine in Bioperine®:
Research into recent efforts to improve curcumin absorption found that piperine can increase curcumin tissue concentration by up to 154% for 1-2 hours. While that isn’t very long, if you consume turmeric at the same time as piperine, this natural substance will kick in just in time to deliver a huge rush of turmeric directly into your system.
If the curcumin you ingest has an adequate chance to absorb, it can provide a wide variety of highly desirable effects. In addition to pointing out that studies have shorn piperine to increase curcumin bioavailability by over 2000%, a recent review of the scientific evidence surrounding the medical benefits of curcumin found that this substance has well-demonstrated antioxidant properties that far outstrip the average.
This review goes on to point out that curcumin appears to be effective for arthritis and metabolic syndrome, and this natural substance also appears to improve the vitality of healthy people. All in all, turmeric is a highly-recommended constituent of your diet, but it’s essentially useless without piperine. Supplements that include both curcumin and piperine, such as Feel Multivitamin™ V2, deliver this amazing antioxidant substance in the exact way that it was intended to be delivered.
According to the makers of Bioperine™, piperine has been used to improve the bioavailability of various nutrients and other substances for decades. While this pepper constituent is most famous for its effects on curcumin absorption, it also helps a variety of other nutrients absorb properly through your digestive lining.
A 2007 study discusses the potential digestive benefits of this substance. This study has the following to say about piperine and digestion:
“ Dietary piperine, by favourably stimulating the digestive enzymes of the pancreas, enhances the digestive capacity and significantly reduces the gastrointestinal food transit time.”
The pancreas is the organ that produces most of your digestive enzymes, so stimulating the pancreas would naturally improve digestion. Not only does piperine appear to reduce digestive conditions, but it appears to aid nutrient absorption in healthy people as well.
The anti-diabetes benefits of piperine appear to mostly have to do with this compound’s ability to improve the bioavailability of other substances. For instance, piperine appears to reduce the symptoms of diabetes in mice by increasing the bioavailability of metformin, and we’ ve already covered how piperine’s curcumin-boosting effects drastically improve this natural substance’s antioxidant profile.
Interestingly, however, piperine also appears to reduce the symptoms of diabetes on its own as long as it is administered in low doses. A 2012 study found that “ subacute administration of piperine has statistically significant antihyperglycemic activity,” which means that small daily doses of piperine may help reduce blood sugar.