Black pepper increases the bioavailability of Turmeric

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According to researchers, combining the compounds in spices such as black pepper and turmeric could help keep your heart healthy. Piperine from black pepper is known to increase the bioavailability of curcumin compounds from turmeric. Keeping higher amounts of curcumin in the bloodstream longer should enhance its beneficial effects. (vii.262)

Scientists recently conducted an animal study to determine how much piperine and curcumin produced the best results. They found that 13 mg of piperine and 5.8 mg of curcumin (per kg of body weight) lowered unhealthy cholesterol the most. These dosages suggest about a 2:1 ratio of piperine to curcumin. (vii.262)

Look for supplements that contain piperine and turmeric or its curcumin compound (or all three).

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