Piper Nigrum

Piper Nigrum

aka Black Pepper, Piperine, Bioperine

Piperine is an alkaloid-amine component of the commonly used spice black pepper. Piper nigrum is a flowering vine, and its fruits known as peppercorn are dried and ground to produce black pepper. The vine is native to Southeast Asia, China, and Vietnam, which are the world’s largest producers of pepper. As an oriental medicine, black pepper has been used to treat upset stomachs and diarrhea. Recent evidence suggests that black peppermight reduce triglycerides, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Piperine is believed to play an important role in this reduction. Piperine alkaloids are also becoming a common ingredient found in so-called fat-burning and weight-loss supplements.

 

Benefits Piper Nigrum

Black pepper is beneficial in a number of ways. Some possible benefits are the elimination of hemorrhoids. It also helps to alleviate gas and constipation. Bioperine increases the body's efficiency in the uptake of nutrients. Some of the proven benefits of black pepper are not commonly known. Black pepper promotes urination, has an anti-bacterial effect. It also has an anti-oxidant effect and helps stimulate the breakdown of fat cells. It may also help prevent migraine headaches.

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Weight loss

Black pepper is effective for weight loss, because of its ability to increase the metabolic rate. This means that the body burns calories faster, which results in weight loss. Black pepper is an ingredient found in many natural weight loss supplements and is recommended for those needing to lose a few extra pounds. The spice stimulates your metabolism and thus temporarily increases body heat. A higher basal metabolic rate means higher energy expenditure or more calories burned. Athletes usually take food that produces this effect as part of their weight loss regimen.

 

Bioavailability

It helps in transporting the benefits of other herbs to different parts of body, maximizing the efficiency of the other health foods that we consume. That is why adding it to foods not only makes them taste delicious, but also helps make those nutrients more available and accessible to our system. Piperine can also influence the absorption and bioavailability of other beneficial herbs and spices such as resveratrol and curcumin. A 2011 study of mice found that the addition of piperine significantly increased resveratrol bioavailability (Johnson et al., 2011).