Commonly used in traditional medicine and a must-have in every kitchen, Black Pepper is considered the “King of Spices”. It is used in Ayurveda to stimulate the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems. From asthma to skin infections to upset stomachs to stuffy noses, it has a number of applications in home remedies. In ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, Black Pepper was used as a natural medicinal agent for the treatment of pains, chills, flus and fevers. Growing as a vine, the plant is native to tropical climates – benefiting from high temperatures and frequent rainfall.
We feature Black Pepper in our GLOWING GREENS, ACTIVE CORALS and BOOSTING AMBERS dietary supplements. The compounds that are found in Black Pepper give it a specific aroma and taste as well as its many pharmacological properties. The major compounds include Piperine, Pinenes, Limonene, Linalool and Citral. Research indicates that the active ingredient Piperine has bio-enhancing properties, which means it is capable of enhancing the bioavailability (absorption) and bioefficacy (effectiveness) of other medications and nutrients. In research studies, Piperine was found to increase the bioavailability of different drugs ranging from 30% to 200% and to improve the absorption of nutrients including vitamins C, A, B6 and Curcumin in Turmeric. This makes it an ideal ingredient in natural anti-inflammatory supplements.