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Introduction

BioPerine is an extract taken from black pepper. Piperine, along with its isomer chavicine, is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper and has been used in traditional medicine for many years.

Also known as, ‘Black Pepper Extract’ this product can usually be found in a highly concentrated pill form of up to 95% Piperine and was originally patented by a company called, ‘Sabinsa’, a manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals.

It can now be found in a variety of different products across the health food supplement market and the company claim that the product can help the body to increase its absorption efficiency of nutrients by up to 30%.

Black pepper extract also contains Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin K, Niacin and Folate.

The Bottom Line – An highly concentrated alkaloid extract from black pepper that claims to increase the bodies natural absorption rate of nutrients.

BioPerine Health Benefits

The main claim to BioPerin is that, in its highly concentrated form, it can help the body to absorb nutrients with an increased efficiency of up to 30%. If this is the case, it could potentially provide your body with an overall boost in general health.

Other claims to BioPerine, are that this product can actually help to prevent cell damage and inhibit the development of cancer, along with other physically degenerative diseases and conditions.

Black pepper has also been used as an aid to weight loss and has been known to improve overall digestion.

Below is a list of the possible benefits we’ve found:

BioPerine® Can Help Prevent Cell Damage

One of the most vital aspects of ensuring your body stays healthy, efficient and as young as possible is ensuring that the very cells within you are prevented from being destroyed. As a result of certain chemical processes within your body, you can produce what is known as a ‘Free Radical’ which is essentially an uncharged molecule that acts as a rebel.

These free radicals can steal electrons from cell membranes and cause the cell to die which can result in a wide range of overall degenerative health effects. Piperine has been demonstrated in vitro studies to protect against oxidative damage by inhibiting or quenching free radicals and reactive oxygen species, thus, keeping your cells nice and healthy. [1]

BioPerine® Can Have an Anti-Inflammatory Effect

Acute inflammation can occur from minor injuries such a sprained ankle or maybe you’ve pushed a little too much at the gym and caused a muscle to inflame. You can also suffer from long term chronic inflammation in the form of conditions such as arthritis.

Studies have shown that by consuming black pepper extract, this can help to reduce overall short term and long term inflammation in the body. [2]

BioPerine® Can Increase the Efficiency of Nutrient Absorption

So, the big claim by the company that actually produces this patented extract is that it can actually increase the efficiency of the number of nutrients your body can absorb.

A study carried out by Department of Pharmacology, St. John’s Medical College decided to administer 2 grams of curcumin to volunteers which resulted in the serum levels being almost undetectable. They then combined the same amount of curcumin with 20mg of piperine and found an increased bioavailability of 2000%.

There have been other studies that show this product can also increase the rate of absorption of β-Carotene, CoQ10, Resveratrol, Selenium and Vitamin B6 at varying levels. [3][4]

The Bottom Line – BioPerine® has been shown to keep cells healthy, have anti-inflammatory effects, and increase the number of nutrients your body can absorb if taken before or just after a meal.

How To Use BioPerine

For best results, take 1 tablet with a vitamin supplement between 30 and 60 minutes before meals.

The most common methods of taking BioPerine® are:

  1. Pill Form

The typical dosage amount for BioPerine® is between 5mg-c10mg per day. It is recommended that you do not exceed this amount.

Are There Any Foods That Contain BioPerine?

Although Piperine is found naturally in Black Pepper, you can only find the high concentrated version of 95% in BioPerine products such as capsules.

BioPerine Side Effects List

We have found the following possible side effects for BioPerine:

Gastrointestinal discomfort, bloating and nausea.

These side effects are possible but may not be the typical user experience.

Is BioPerine Safe?

Studies show that by consuming the recommended dose, this is a safe product.

Remember, prior to using BioPerine®, you should consult with your doctor if you have any kind of medical condition.

When Should I Not Take BioPerine?

  • If you are pregnant and/or breast-feeding: If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, taking any medications or under medical supervision, please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before use
  • If you’re a child under the age of 18: Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Keep out of reach of children.

Has BioPerine Been Linked To Any Deaths?

There has not been a single recorded case of this product being linked to any Death or ill health.

The Bottom Line – Safe to consume under recommended guidelines

Where Can I Buy BioPerine & Do I Need A Prescription?

You can purchase this product from good health food shops and online retailers without the need for a prescription.

Conclusion

BioPerine is essentially a highly concentrated extract taken from black pepper that does have proven health benefits, including the ability to increase the overall quantity of a specific nutrient consumed by your body, in terms of the absorption rate.

Quite an impressive quality of this product is the fact that it has been shown to inhibit cell destruction which can act as an anti-cancer developing stimulant for the body’s natural immune process (It is NOT a cancer-fighting drug, it can simply contribute to the prevention of developing such conditions).

The bottom line is, it works!

Beth Coats, RD LN
Beth Coats, RD LN
Staff Writer & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Beth is a registered dietician with over 20 years experience in general nutrition.
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