Do all nutritional supplements consumed, or all topically applied products provide optimal health benefits? A lot depends upon how well they are absorbed along their delivery route. Bioavailability encompasses availability, absorption, retention and utilization of nutrients. Absorption in the body is a key factor for the nutrient to be biologically effective.
Better Nutrient Absorption With BioPerine
The spicy or “hot” taste of pepper when sprinkled on food is well known. The perception of heat is stronger when fresh pepper is used. This heat is in fact a manifestation of the biological activity of some of the active compounds found in pepper, the most notable of these being piperine.
Black and long peppers stimulate the skin as well as the tongue. They have therefore also found wide use in topical applications.
Nutritional materials that are benefited by co-administration with BioPerine, include the following groups:
• Herbal extracts: for example, Curcuminoids, Boswellia serrata extract, Ashwagandha, Ginkgo biloba extract, Capsaicin, Bioflavonoids and others.
• Water-soluble vitamins: including Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Niacinamide, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid and Vitamin C.
• Fat-soluble vitamins: including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
• Antioxidants: including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, betacryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein/zeaxanthin, pine bark bioflavonoids complex, germanium, selenium and zinc.
• Amino acids: such as lysine, isoleucine, leucine, threonine, valine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, and methionine.
• Minerals: such as iron, zinc, vanadium, selenium, chromium, iodine, potassium, manganese, copper, calcium and magnesium.
BioPerine also significantly improved the uptake of Curcumin, the healthful extract from turmeric roots, with clinically validated efficacy in inflammatory conditions including several forms of cancer.
It is recognized that the therapeutic effectiveness of curcumin is limited due to its poor absorption from the GI tract, so the use of a natural agent to enhance its uptake is particularly beneficial.
It may be logical to believe that since BioPerine® comes from black pepper, all one need to do is increase the consumption of black pepper with turmeric. This would be non-effective for the direct intake of black pepper will not help achieve enhanced nutrient absorption.
According to clinical reports, having BioPerine® “in the right place at the right time” in the digestive tract with supplemented nutrient results in enhanced absorption. So, BioPerine® when taken during illness will have the best nutrient absorption.
Besides, if BioPerine was to remain captive in the form of raw black pepper, it will take time for its bio-availability enhancing property to be released. Therefore, a purified extract of piperine (Bioperine) is necessary to get the increased absorption.