TURMERIC FAQ’S

WHAT IS BIOPERINE ® ? [1]

Bioperine ® is a clinically researched purified form of peperine, the active compound in black pepper fruits (Piper Nigrum). The use of black pepper in food and medicine dates back to ancient times.

Black pepper is referred to as the King of Spice and has many health benefits in addition to providing an amazing flavor to food. (li z). In addition, studies have shown that black pepper has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. (Nourmedum) (Lui Y).

BLACK PEPPER FUN FACT

Peperine is the biological active compound in black pepper responsible for its strong and spicy flavor. The heat you feel is a manifestation of its biological activity. (bioperine)

WHY IS BIOPERINE® BETTER THAN BLACK PEPPER EXTRACT?

Bioperine ® is an ideal dose and form of black pepper extract to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin. Research has shown that 20 mg of Bioperine ® increases the absorption of curcumin by 2000% compared to the absorption of curcumin alone. (Bioperine)!

Studies have shown that Intestinal absorption of curcumin improves when taken with peperine and it stays in body tissues longer. Peperine works by inhibiting the metabolism of curcumin which improves its bioavailability. (OSU)

Research clearly demonstrates that taking curcumin with Bioperine ® is far superior to taking curcumin alone.

WHAT IS CURCUMIN? [2] [3]

Bioperine ® is a clinically researched purified form of peperine, the active compound in black pepper fruits (Piper Nigrum). The use of black pepper in food and medicine dates back to ancient times.

Black pepper is referred to as the King of Spice and has many health benefits in addition to providing an amazing flavor to food. (li z). In addition, studies have shown that black pepper has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. (Nourmedum) (Lui Y).

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY ABOUT TURMERIC?

You will find decades of research on turmeric showing a multitude of health benefits. The emerging studies on cancer are particularly amazing. Here are a few of the benefits:

Benefits of Turmeric [3] [4] [5]

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Supports Immune System
  • Protects nerves
  • Supports joint health
  • Power antioxidant capability
  • Inhibits growth of tumors
  • Aides the Digestive System
  • Supports the cardiovascular system
  • Improves wound healing
  • Anti-spasmodic abilities
  • Anticoagulant effects

As recommended by the National Institute of Health (NIH), more high quality studies are needed confirm these health benefits but the preliminary results are promising. We are not suggesting in any way that our turmeric formula will give you these health benefits.

SHOULD I EAT TURMERIC OR TAKE A SUPPLEMENT?

  • Of course, you should eat turmeric.
  • Eating the whole turmeric root has advantages.
  • When you eat the whole root, curcumin has been shown to stay in your body longer; however, there are less curcuminoids in the amount of turmeric root you would typically eat than in a supplement.
  • You may want to consider taking a supplement if you do not eat turmeric regularly.
  • A supplement can help you obtain a higher dosage of curcumin and other curcuminoids which can provide greater health benefits.

HOW CAN I FIND MORE RESEARCH ON TURMERIC?

A good way to find additional benefits of turmeric is to do your own search for peer reviewed articles on a database like PubMed®. Examine.com and consumerlab.com are good resources too.

WHAT IS BIOAVAILABILITY?

  • Bioavailability is the proportion of a nutrient which is absorbed by the body.
  • Since studies have shown poor absorption of isolated curcumin, dietary supplements should have BioPerine ® or black pepper extract added to the formula to increase absorption by the body.
  • The usefulness of curcumin is determined by the amount of curcumin absorbed by your body. What’s the point of taking curcumin if your body can’t use it?!
  • You are what you absorb.

HOW MUCH TURMERIC SHOULD I TAKE?

There are different amounts of turmeric used in research studies and determining the optimal dose at this point is difficult to say conclusively.

ARE TURMERIC SUPPLEMENTS SAFE? [6] [7]

Turmeric extract and curcumin have been investigated for toxicity and they are shown to be safe.

References:

  1. User, S. (n.d.). Curcumin. Retrieved November 26, 2016, fromhttp://www.bioperine.com/index.php/curcumin.
  2. Curcumin. (2016). Retrieved November 26, 2016, from http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/curcumin
  3. Nardo, L., Andreoni, A., Masson, M., Haukvik, T., & Tønnesen, H. H. (2011). Studies on Curcumin and Curcuminoids. XXXIX. Photophysical Properties of Bisdemethoxycurcumin. Journal of Fluorescence, 21(2), 627–635. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10895-010-0750-x.
  4. Monroy, A., Lithgow, G. J., & Alavez, S. (2013). Curcumin and neurodegenerative diseases. BioFactors (Oxford, England), 39(1), 122–132. http://doi.org/10.1002/biof.1063.
  5. Jayaprakasha GK, Rao LJ, Sakariah KK (2006). “Antioxidant activities of curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin”. Food Chemistry.98 (4): 720–4.doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2005.06.037.
  6. Ganiger S, Malleshappa HN, Krishnappa H, Rajashekhar G, Ramakrishna Rao V, Sullivan F. A two generation reproductive toxicity study with curcumin, turmeric yellow, in Wistar rats. Food Chem Toxicol.2007;45:64–69. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2006.07.016.
  7. Shankar TN, Shantha NV, Ramesh HP, Murthy IA, Murthy VS. Toxicity studies on turmeric (Curcuma longa): Acute toxicity studies in rats, guineapigs and monkeys. Indian J Exp Biol. 1980;18:73–75.