Piperine is a pungent component found in black pepper in the Piper Nigrum family. This spice has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a restorative tonic. It is most well known for its ability to support the bioavailability of other foods and herbs in traditional herbal formulas. Much research has supported that it increases the bioavailability of turmeric root by as much as 20-fold.
Piperine extract, which is derived from black pepper fruit, has a long history of use dating back as far as 100 BC, as noted in ancient Sanskrit literature. Pepper was a very common spice used in the middle ages to help cover the taste of salt-cured meats. It was highly prized and was used as currency. To give you a small idea of how important black pepper was during the times of the early Roman empire, 3000 pounds of black pepper was demanded along with gold, silver, and silk as ransom to free Rome from the Huns. Due to the value of spices, it was well known that those that ruled the black pepper and spice trade, in general, ruled the world.
Piperine has the ability to support the assimilation of food and herbs that are traditionally harder for the body to metabolize. It may support the inhibition of a variety of enzymes responsible for breaking down nutrients. It may stimulate amino acid transporters in the lining of the intestines and prevent the removal of nutrients from the cells, so they are available for a longer period. Finally, piperine may decrease activity in the intestines and possibly allow a greater amount of active components to enter the bloodstream in larger quantities. Because of its stimulating effect, piperine has been shown to possibly support the pancreas in releasing digestive enzymes to reduce food's transit time in the gut. The powerful end result is the possible inhibition of the rapid breakdown of certain substances allowing for better utilization by the body. This is a big reason why traditional herbal formulas almost always have some form of pepper in it, whether it is black or cayenne.
Piperine has been shown to support brain health because of its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and support other nutrients to do the same. It may support healthy beta-endorphin and serotonin levels, which can positively affect one’s mood. Because it helps other nutrients support brain health, it is well spoken of as a nourishing brain tonic. Some of the nutrients it has shown to directly affect include: CoQ10, B6, Curcumin, Amino Acids, Selenium, and Glucose. Some of the metabolizing enzymes that are affected by piperine are CYPLa1, CYP1b1, CYP1b2, CYP2e1, and CYP34a, as well as a host of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. For clarification, when we speak of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, we are simply informing you to be aware of piperine’s ability to increase bioavailability. It may very well enhance their action.
Based on a study done in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, piperine at various doses positively affected mood and overall positive cognitive improvements. It was concluded that piperine is powerful functional food for the brain. In another study in Planta Medica, piperine was coupled with curcumin to evaluate the bioavailability of curcumin in rats and healthy humans. The results were conclusive. When curcumin was given alone to the rats, moderate serum concentrations were achieved over a period of 4 hours. When piperine was added to the curcumin, the serum concentration of curcumin increased for a 1-2 hour period. Time to maximum concentration was significantly increased while elimination, half-life, and clearance significantly decreased. When curcumin was given alone to humans, serum levels were either undetectable or very low. The addition of piperine produced much higher blood concentrations within 1 hour after ingestion. The bioavailability of curcumin, when taken with piperine, increased by 2000%.
Whether you use it as a supplement or as a part of your daily food intake, piperine from black pepper is a great choice to spice up your food and get the most nourishment out of it. Make spices a daily part of your life, as they are an easy way to get a blast of powerful nourishment.
Some possible traditional uses of Piperine Extract Powder may include:
- May support a healthy pain response
- May support healthy levels of beta-endorphins
- May support healthy serotonin & dopamine levels
- May support healthy adrenals
- May support a healthy gut
- Bio enhancement
- May support the production of pancreatic enzymes
- May support a healthy inflammation response
- Combating the formation of new fat cells
- Combating malabsorption and malnutrition
- May support a healthy histamine response
- May support brain health
- May support the transporting of other nutrients and herbs
- This product is 100% natural and minimally processed. Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch
CAUTION: Do not take with medication.
Suggested Use: Take 10mg with any herb, nutrient, or spice mix, to support better bioavailability.
Mixing Suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile, combine with our organic turmeric, organic ginger, and organic cinnamon powders.
Botanical Name: Piper Nigrum L Seed.
Other Names: Pepper Extract.
Parts Used: Black Pepper.
Ingredients: Black Pepper Fruit Extract 40:1 (Yielding 95% Piperine).
Origin: Grown and extracted in China. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our 95% Piperine Extract Powder passes our strict quality assurance, which typically includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals, and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers 95% Piperine Extract Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your 95% Piperine Extract Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.
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