Isn't is a beautiful thing to learn which foods are synergistic?
I just read that black pepper with green tea increases the EGCG absorbtion by 130%.
Pepper increases EGCG availability
An animal study suggests that consuming the spice, black pepper, when drinking green tea can significantly increase the amount of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) absorbed. In this study, rats and mice given green tea along with piperine (a bioactive component in black pepper) absorbed 130% more EGCG than control animals receiving EGCG alone.
In this study, piperine was found to inhibit the glucuronidation of EGCG in the intestines. Glucuronidation is a chemical pathway that serves as one of the major ways our bodies convert drugs, steroids, and many other substances into metabolites that can then be excreted into the urine or bile. By inhibiting EGCG's glucuronidation, piperine allowed more of this catechin to be absorbed and utilized. So, next time you have a cup of green tea along with a meal, be sure to spice up your soup, salad and/or entrée with a little freshly ground black pepper.
Black pepper and cayenne both help nutrient absorbtion.
Tumeric and black pepper are considered natures chemotherapy. They work together.
Piperine, extracted from pepper, is a bioavailability (absorption) enhancer that allows substances to remain in cells for longer periods of time.
Piperine is found in plants of the Piperaceae family including Piper nigrum (black pepper) and Piper longum (long pepper). In the U.S. piperine is sold under the trademark Bioperine®.
In 1998 researchers at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India combined piperine with curcumin to test the bioavailability (absorption) of curcumin in rats and healthy human volunteers.
In rats the bioavailability was increased by 154%. In the human volunteers, curcumin taken with 20 mg of piperine increased the bioavailability (absorption)of curcumin by 2000%.
The researchers concluded that piperine enhances the serum (blood) concentration, extent of absorption and bioavailability of curcumin in both rats and humans with no adverse effects. This means that a low dose of curcumin (or turmeric for that matter) could have a greater effect in terms of health benefits when combined with piperine than a large dose of curcumin or turmeric would.
The average dietary intake of turmeric in the Indian population ranges between 2 to 2.5 grams. Pepper was the one of the first crops that was cultivated in India and is consumed together with turmeric.
Of note, rates for colorectal, prostate, and lung cancers in India are one of the lowest in the world.
That's great! I love pepper and cayenne is always a delight. I thought I read somewhere on one of Ted Hutchinson's posts that black pepper was bad. It was on some kind of chart, but I suppose I can't remember the context of the information.
I don't trust the process of forcing an herb to become more bioavailble. It is better that it is already bioavailble. If it is not, it is means that the body has set up defenses against a chemical component. Pharmaceutical companies specifically force the body to accept these chemicals. That's why there are so many side effects.
Turmeric is not bioavailable. So I just take more of it. Keep it available for the body to use it naturally. Turmeric does contain anthraquinine, which is a laxative. That's OK by me.
For example, you would not want to take pepper with herbs which contain saponins. Saponins are good in the intestines but they dissolve the membranes of red blood cells. Would you really want that? Herbs which contain these saponins are wild yam root, agave, fenugreek, schizandra, black cohosh, blue cohosh, devil's claw, licorice, alfalfa, yucca, ginseng, and gotu kola. A few of those herbs are great for the adrenals, as they are adaptogens. I'm not saying to discontinue use of them. Not at all. It is just my choice to take them naturally.
I'm just saying that you should beware of your purpose when using a pepper.
I imagine that green tea and black pepper would be great, though I also imagine the taste, and that is not great.
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