Turmeric (lat. Curcuma longa) is a spice obtained from an underground tree (rhizome) of the eponymous plant characteristic of India and Southeast Asia. Turmeric has a rich history in India as a spice, preservative and colorant, and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine where it is well documented as a natural remedy.
The characteristic yellow color of turmeric is due to the polyphenol curcumin, an active ingredient from the group of curcuminoids.
Native curcumin is excreted from the body unused very quickly, ie it has extremely low bioavailability.
What is bioavailability?
Bioavailability is the ratio of the amount of nutrients in the body to the part of the nutrients that is actually digested, absorbed and metabolized by conventional biochemical processes. It is that part of the dose of a drug or dietary supplement that is truly available to act on the target site.
Bioavailability is an important factor in the performance of a product, but not the only one on the basis of which the product is compared and on the basis of which its effectiveness is assessed.
To the product Turmeric 95% extract & Bioperine® was added the ingredient piperine or its patented and protected form Bioperine® – black pepper extract that enhances the action and absorption of curcumin in body cells up to 20 times.
You can find out more about the bioavailability of curcumin at: https://hugyourlife.eu/bioraspolozivost-kurkumina/
A clinical study from St. John Medical College and published in Planta Medica provided clinical evidence of the role of piperine in increasing the bioavailability of curcumin (Majeed M. et al. (1998). Planta Med.; 64 (4): 353-356).
The action of curcumin is incomparably stronger than the action of turmeric spice due to the fact that turmeric spice contains a maximum of 3-5% curcuminoids while the extract contains 95% curcuminoids.