Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a famous spice in India and other parts of Southeast Asia. This pungent yellow powder is present in their culture for hundreds of years and accounted as an important medicinal food that is proven to have anti-inflammatory properties and treat other health conditions like arthritis, gallbladder problems, and cancer¹.
Curcumin, the active ingredient of Turmeric and the one responsible for its yellow color, has been shown to help in inflammatory conditions and give other therapeutic benefits, mostly because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties².
However, despite the amazing health benefits, Curcumin has poor bioavailability properties. Bioavailability means the total substance absorbed by the body. That’s why numerous tests were and still are being conducted to improve the absorption of Curcumin to the body³.
One such way to increase the bioabsorption of Curcumin is to add black pepper when using Turmeric. Modern Turmeric supplements have been using the active ingredient of black pepper, Piperine, to make Turmeric more bioavailable. A study has discovered that there’s an increase of bioavailability by 2,000 percent when one consumes 20 milligrams of piperine along with 2 grams of curcumin⁴.