Curcumin + Piperine - The importance of combining the two!
Curcumin and other curcuminoids (key which are chemical compounds in turmeric) offer numerous health benefits since they are powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agents.
Piperine is the key chemical in black pepper. Curcumin, which is a polyphenol, plays the same role in turmeric.
Turmeric is poorly absorbed in our body.
If one takes just turmeric, most of it will just pass as it is without being absorbed in body.
This fact has two consequences:
One does not get the full benefit of turmeric even when the dosages taken may be high. We have to find “something” by which the absorption can be enhanced.
Thanks to Mother Nature, one of the solution is right there in our kitchen – black pepper.
The best option is to take turmeric and ground pepper together.
Black pepper has piperine, which aids absorption of turmeric in the body by as much as 2000% and it plays an important role in absorption of turmeric through intestine.
Benefits of Curcumin + Piperine
Ø Black pepper enhances bioavailability of turmeric
oThus, if one takes turmeric, most of it is unutilized unless supplemented by addons such as black pepper.
Ø Piperine helps in reducing pain
Ø Controlling obesity
Ø Turmeric and black pepper could be combined to fight high cholesterol levels, obesity and diabetes
Ø Curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases
oCurcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone bdnf, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain.
Ø Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
oCurcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes
Ø Curcumin leads to various improvements that should lower your risk of heart disease
oCurcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
Ø Turmeric can help prevent (and perhaps even treat) cancer
oCurcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
Ø Curcumin may be useful in preventing and treating alzheimer’s disease
oCurcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of alzheimer’s disease
Ø Arthritis patients respond very well to curcumin supplementation
oArthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Many studies show that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs
Ø Studies show that curcumin has incredible benefits against depression
oA study in 60 depressed patients showed that curcumin was as effective as prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression.
Ø Curcumin may help delay aging and fight age-related chronic diseases
Ø Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound
oChronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common western diseases. Curcumin can inhibit many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation.
Ø Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties
oTurmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin.