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Piperine is an alkaloid that gives black pepper its pungency. It is slightly soluble in water and highly soluble in alcohol. It has a long, traditional use in natural remedies. The Danish Chemist, Hans Christian Orsted, first isolated piperine from black pepper in 1819. The primary value of piperine in supplements is its ability to enhance the bioavailabilty of some other vitamins and minerals. This is especially so with turmeric and ginger. So here are some reasons why I am so excited about this.

STRESS MANAGEMENT - Piperine greatly increases the production of adrenalin and other catecholamines, which makes it very strong in managing stress from time to time. This use of piperine is often combined with buffered vitamin.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT - Piperine may possess the thermogenic properties that increase the body’s basal metabolic rate. These properties are useful in maintaining a healthy body weight.

INCREASES BIOAVAILABILTY - Used with key nutrients such as; curcumin, beta carotene, selenium and vitamin B6, assimilation is made easier. Research has also shown that it enhances the assimilation of amino acids.

IMPROVED MEMORY - Piperine has been shown to improve the neurotransmission of certain chemicals. Two such nutrients are serotonin and beta-endorphin, both are key to healthy memory. With increased levels of these in the body, it’s possible that there will be an increase in overall memory capability.

ANTIOXIDANT - It protects against oxidative stress by removing free radicals from the body. In cell studies low doses of piperine reduced the levels of free radicals.

MAY COMBAT CANCER - In skin cancer, (Melanoma), piperine prevented tumour cells from spreading to other parts of the body. Studies with rats also showed that it decreased breast cancer growth. It was also shown to reduce the growth of colon, prostate and breast cancer cells.

So make this a vital part of your diet.

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