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Turmeric, or the golden spice, is a tall plant native to Asia and Central America. It gives curry its yellow colour and has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Indian medicine to treat a variety of health concerns. It contains a compound called curcumin. Studies backs its usage and demonstrate how it may be good for your health. Black pepper includes the bioactive substance piperine, an alkaloid similar to capsaicin, the active ingredient found in chilli powder and cayenne pepper. Piperine, which is present in black pepper, can improve curcumin (turmeric) absorption. As a result, combining turmeric with black pepper might boost its benefits.

a shovel full of black pepper and a bowl full of turmeric


Black pepper and turmeric have been used for many years. Some of its benefits include:

  • Reduces inflammation and may reduce pain: Curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric, is highly anti-inflammatory. It really has the same strength as some anti-inflammatory medicines, according to some research, but without the undesirable side effects. The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin have been appreciated for reducing pain and temporary discomfort .It has also been demonstrated that piperine possesses anti-arthritic and soothing properties. It helps in desensitising a particular pain receptor in your body, which might lessen suffering even more. Curcumin and piperine work together to effectively treat inflammation, which may minimise discomfort and distress.
  • May help in cancer prevention: Curcumin has shown potential in both the treatment and prevention of cancer. Test-tube studies indicate that it may be able to stop the molecular growth, development, and spread of cancer. Additionally, it might help in the demise of cancerous cells. According to one study, piperine and curcumin, both individually and collectively, prevented breast stem cells from regenerating. This is significant because breast cancer develops as a result of this process. The effectiveness of piperine and curcumin together in cancer prevention, however, is currently being studied.
  • May lead to a smooth digestion process: Turmeric has been used in Indian medicine for thousands of years as an intestinal tonic. Modern research back its usage, demonstrating that it helps lessen gas and intestinal contractions. Piperine has been demonstrated to increase the activity of digestive enzymes in the stomach, assisting  body in more rapidly and easily digesting food. Additionally, as some studies have noted, the anti-inflammatory qualities of both piperine and turmeric may assist to lessen intestinal inflammation, which might improve digestion.

Nevertheless, scientists and food experts are investigating and developing some studies on the many ways that these two compounds can help the human body. Before adding turmeric and black pepper to your supplement supply, you should speak with a health professional or certified dietitian.


Turmeric’s active ingredients are known as curcuminoids. Curcumin tends to be the most active and significant component. Curcumin, as a polyphenol, provides a number of health benefits. According to some research, it is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal activities. However, one of the main downfalls of curcumin is that it’s not easily metabolised in the body . Black pepper includes the bioactive chemical piperine, which is an alkaloid similar to capsaicin, the active ingredient found in chilli powder and cayenne pepper. Unfortunately, the curcumin is poorly synthesised into the bloodstream. As a result, you may be losing out on its health benefits.

According to research, mixing piperine in black pepper with curcumin in turmeric increases curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%.  Piperine also improves nutritional absorption by suppressing metabolising enzymes. According to one study, adding 20 mg of piperine to 2 grammes of curcumin greatly enhanced its absorption. There are two main hypotheses on how this works. First, piperine facilitates the passage of curcumin through the intestinal lining and into the circulation. Second, it may inhibit the breakdown of curcumin by the liver, resulting in higher blood levels. As a result, mixing curcumin with piperine boosts its health advantages.


According to multiple studies, curcumin and piperine are generally regarded as safe. The maximum tolerated consumption for either has not been established, and there are no regulatory recommendations for consumption. The recommended daily dosage for curcumin by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) is 1.4 mg per pound (3 mg/kg) of body weight, or around 245 mg for a person weighing 175 pounds (80 kg) (37). According to this study, the absorption of 2 grammes of curcumin is increased by the addition of 20 mg of piperine. However, it is important to speak with your doctor or a nutritionist about the suggested amount because an overdose can be hazardous. 


Turmeric is also available as:

  • Turmeric Root Extract 10% Curcuminoids Powder (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 10:1 (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 4:1 (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 4:1 Water Soluble (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 5% Curcuminoids Powder (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 64% Curcuminoids Liposomal (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 80% Curcuminoids Cold Water (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 95% Curcuminoids Granular (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Extract 95% Curcuminoids Powder (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Fluid Extract Water Soluble 8.5% Curcuminoids (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Granular (~2% Curcumin) (Curcuma longa)
  • Turmeric Root Powder (Curcuma longa)
  • Curry Extract
  • Curcuma
  • Diferuloylmethane
  • JiangHuang
  • Curcuma Longa
  • 1 7-Bis(4-hydroxy-3-3methoxyphenyl)hepta-1 6-diene-3 5-dione

Black Pepper is also available as:

  • Black Pepper Extract 10% Piperine (Piper nigrum)
  • Black Pepper Extract 25:1(Piper nigrum)
  • Black Pepper Extract 32% Piperine (Piper nigrum)
  • Black Pepper Extract 4:1(Piper nigrum)
  • Black Pepper Extract 95% Piperine (Piper nigrum)
  • Black Pepper Powder
  • Piperaceae

Turmeric and Black pepper is commonly available in:

  • Turmeric and Black pepper tablets
  • Turmeric and Black pepper capsules
  • Turmeric and Black pepper liquid supplement

Note: Turmeric is sometimes referred as Curcumin on label of supplement.

Glentworth Formulations is here to suit your every need. Everything from Tablets, Capsules and Powder blends.

If you are wanting to know more information, please get in contact with us. Either using the contact form or contacting us directly on: enquiries@glentworthformulations.com.

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