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 pepper is considered the “King of Spices” throughout the world due to its pungent principle piperine.
BioPerine® is a patented extract obtained from black pepper fruits (Piper nigrum) standardized minimum to 95% Piperine.
BioPerine® has been used as a bioavailability enhancer for over 20 years.
BioPerine® may be co-administered with various nutrients to enhance their bioavailability in both human and animal.
In general, BioPerine® was found to enhance absorption of nutrients by at least 30%.
Black pepper has been used in human diet from ancient times and is one of the most widely used spices throughout the world. It has also been used in various traditional medicines, preservatives and health supplements.
Materia Medica of Ayurveda documents black pepper as one of the three herbs essential ingredients for several prescriptions and formulations.
Out of 370 compound formulations listed in the Handbook of Domestic Medicines and Common Ayurvedic Remedies, 210 contain either Trikatu (meaning three acrids) or its individual ingredients (i.e. black pepper, long pepper and ginger). In Ayurveda, Trikatu has been described as a major decoction useful in restoring imbalance of Kapha, Vata and Pitta.