Friday, February 29, 2008

Curcumin and Bioperine in Supplements

If you buy a curcumin supplement in North America, chances are it will be formulated with an additive called bioperine.

Bioperine is a chemical extract from black pepper. Ayurvedic medicine adds black pepper to countless herbal formulas not for any particular benefit in itself, but to help the body absorb the active principles of other herbs. Many supplements use bioperine to help the body absorb one active ingredient or another from a standardized herbal or natural product.

Bioperine does increase absorption of curcumin, but there are a few prescription medications that it can also make more bioavailable:

  • Phenytoin (Dilantin) for seizure disorders,
  • Propanolol (Inderal) for high blood pressure and muscle control, and
  • Theophylline (Theo-Dur) for asthma.

If you take any of these medications, be aware that bioperine makes them absorbed more completely and eliminated more quickly. It will increase their effects, both good and bad.

You may also be interested in:
Curcumin for Alzheimer's Prevention
Could Curcumin Prevent Cancer?
Could Curcumin Cure Congestive Heart Failure?
Could Curcumin Lower LDL Cholesterol (and Raise HDL)?
Curcumin, Coumadin, and Other Anticoagulants
Curcumin, Arjuna, and Pushkarmoola for Heart Conditions

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