There’s some amazing things you need to know about a very plain household spice.
You’ve probably grown up adding it to your food, but it has some AMAZING health properties that I’ve recently discovered.
I’ve known for a while that adding black pepper to turmeric increases the bioavailability of the curcuminoids (the active ingredient that is responsible for a large share of turmeric’s amazing health properties) by over 2000%.
What I DIDN’T know is that black pepper has this effect with many other substances!
What a team player. It doesn’t get much of the credit but it’s a serious workhorse when it comes to nutrient absorption.
The active ingredient in black pepper is called piperine and here’s what you need to know:
- Stimulates digestive enzymes of the pancreas
- Enhances digestive capacity
- Reduces food transit time
- Protects against oxidative damage
- Possesses Anti-mutagenic, and anti-tumor properties
- Possesses immunomodulatory, anti‐asthmatic, anti‐carcinogenic, anti‐inflammatory, and anti‐ulcer properties
- Increases bioavailability of curcuminoids, resveratrol, polyphenols, CoQ10, beta-carotene, and likely many more substances
- Shows promise as a therapeutic intervention to protect against neurodegeneration and cognitive impairement
In a rodent study, it was even shown to change the structure and effectiveness of the microvilli (little “arms” that are responsible for grabbing onto nutrients and absorbing them) in the lower intestine.
It’s worth noting that it also can also inhibit digestion of some substances, but the research (and thousand of years of anecdotal use by countless cultures) seem to indicate it’s generally fantastic, and increases bioavailability of the good stuff.
CAUTION: black pepper can increase the bioavailability of some pharmaceutical drugs as well so consult your physician if you take prescription drugs (or non-prescription drugs frequently).
I suggest you get a good organic black pepper and grind it fresh for each use.
Here’s what I use. (Organic, non-GMO, non-irradiated)
And be sure to check out my anti-inflammatory potion recipe from a couple months ago. I use it almost daily to keep inflammation in check and improve recovery.
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- Piperine modulates permeability characteristics of intestine by inducing alterations in membrane dynamics: Influence on brush border membrane fluidity, ultrastructure and enzyme kinetics
- Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers.
- Black pepper and its pungent principle-piperine: a review of diverse physiological effects.
- Piper nigrum and Piperine: An Update
- Enhancing the bioavailability of resveratrol by combining it with piperine.
- Role of Piperine As A Bioavailability Enhancer
- Piperine, the main alkaloid of Thai black pepper, protects against neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment in animal model of cognitive deficit like condition of Alzheimer’s disease.