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Curcumin with Piperine is like a magician with a magical wand. We have read extensively about the fascinating benefits of curcumin but, are you aware that it is redundant without the presence of piperine? Read on to know more.
Turmeric has long been revered as a magical Indian spice that finds its use not just in Indian cooking but as an ingredient par excellence in various other industries. Whether it is ayurvedic medicine, pharma-nutraceutical, wound healing aid, herbal proprietary product, cosmetic or cloth dying industry and more. The very fact that Turmeric finds its place in various ceremonial rituals across India shows the importance we place on this humble ingredient.
Turmeric is synonymous to yellow hands, yellow curries, and yellow stains, isn’t it? So, what is it with turmeric that it leaves an indelible mark wherever it is? It is the super-eminent pigment ‘Curcumin’ present in turmeric that imparts the vibrant yellow colour to almost anything and everything that comes in its contact. Curcumin is touted as a magical compound present in turmeric that can provide robust health benefits too.
Curcumin is being known as a potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory worldwide. It has also been scientifically proven to deliver major health benefits in terms of improved immune response, joint care, and brain health. Though a potentially effective delivery mechanism of curcumin inside the human body is a subject matter of concern. Which means that though Turmeric may appear as a perfect health solution for a lot of concerns, the magic does not come easy at the snap-of-a-finger.
Let us understand why curcumin should ideally be paired with piperine.
Most curcuminoids like curcumin are phenolic compounds that are water soluble and shows poor lipid solubility. Curcumin does not dissolve in any kind of fatty acids, wax, oils, hormones, or certain components of membranes. As a result of which they are unable to traverse the lipid membranes of the intestine to be absorbed well into the bloodstream. The presence of piperine is crucial to ensure that curcumin passes through the intestinal wall efficiently and find its way into the bloodstream. The more the absorption of curcuminoids in the blood, better bioavailability, and better impact on your health. Also, piperine delays the breakdown of curcumin by the liver by inactivating liver enzymes. This eventually helps it retaining the blood concentration of curcumin for longer period. In consequence, leading to better absorbability and efficacy of curcumin.
To improve the therapeutic effects of curcumin in vivo the bioavailability of the ingredient needs to be enhanced by addition of piperine. With almost all recent studies stating this, new age curcumin capsules are being developed as a complex of curcumin along with piperine for better therapeutic effects.
Always select a curcumin supplement which has curcumin with piperine as a complex. Also, research has shown that this specific complex (curcumin with piperine) is better at reducing chronic inflammation associated with long standing disorders like arthritis (joint pain), asthma, myocarditis, or gastritis.
In short, curcumin should ideally be paired with piperine as it ensures maximum health benefits to the user.