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Piperine is an ingredient in pepper that gives it a pungent, searing taste. It also has other properties, thanks to which it can be used in medicine. Research shows that piperine has slimming, anti-cancer and antibacterial properties. In addition, it can protect against Alzheimer's disease and help in the multiplication of skin pigment cells in people suffering from vitiligo. Check what other effects of piperine.

Piperineis an alkaloid found in pepper, which not only gives it a sharp, burning taste (it shapes about 98% of the overall impression of its sharpness) and a characteristic aroma. Piperine also has numeroushealing properties.It is best known as aslimming agent , but research shows that piperine also has anti-cancer, antibacterial and cleansing properties - it has diuretic and slightly laxative properties, and also stimulates faster getting rid of waste products. Piperine can also help people with vitiligo and those who have digestive problems.

Piperine for slimming

Piperine enhances the thermogenesis process - the process of generating heat during which the body burns calories - as well as the lipolysis process, i.e. fat burning. Piperine may also contribute to fat burning in other ways. According to scientists in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, piperine disrupts the activity of genes that control the formation of fat cells, and thus - may contribute to blocking fat cells. However, it should be noted that taking piperine alone will not cause weight loss. You need to change your diet and take care of physical activity.

Anticancer properties of piperine

Piperine and curcumin found in turmeric may help in the prevention of breast cancer, and perhaps also in its treatment - argue University of Michigan scientists in the pages of "EurekAlert".

The content of piperine depends on the type of pepper. The most of it can be found in black pepper. White pepper is second in terms of piperine content, followed by green and colored pepper.

Researchers have shown that piperine and curcumin added to the culture of breast cancer cells reduce the number of cancer stem cells necessary for tumor development, while notThey harm normal cells .¹ This holds promise for the development of drugs to act where drugs such as tamoxifen and raloxifene are ineffective, the researchers add. Piperine and curcumin were used in the study at concentrations 20 times greater than in the normal diet of pepper and turmeric.

Piperine for vitiligo

Piperine and its derivatives can help in the multiplication of melanocytes (skin pigment cells) in people with vitiligo. This conclusion was reached by scientists from King's College in London after conducting an experiment on mice with the use of piperine and its derivatives. Piperine was applied topically alone or in combination with ultraviolet. Piperine and two of its derivatives used alone gave the discolored skin an even, light brown color within six weeks. On the other hand, when the substance was combined with ultraviolet irradiation, the color became darker, the treatment took less time and gave a longer lasting effect .²

Piperine for better memory and depression

Recommended intake of piperine is 5-10 mg 1-2 times a day for 3 months. After a 2-month break, the treatment can be repeated.

Frequent intake of piperine significantly improves he alth in the event of memory impairment and slows down neurodegeneration. Alzheimer's disease, argue the authors of the research from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. Piperine has also been shown to improve depression symptoms³

Piperine for digestion and better absorption of vitamins

Piperine stimulates the sensory endings in the digestive tract, thereby increasing the secretion of gastric juice, and thus - improves digestion. Piperine enhances the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals - selenium, vitamin B and beta-carotene. In addition, it facilitates the absorption of coenzyme Q10 and increases the bioavailability of curcumin and resveratrol. Piperine may also enhance the absorption of certain drugs.

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Piperine - where to buy? What's the price?

Piperine tabletsare available in pharmacies, herbalists and he alth food stores. Their price depends on the percentage of their contentpiperine, the number of tablets in the package and the manufacturer. The standard concentration of piperine is 60-90 percent. The most effective, however, are extracts with 95% piperine content. Pure piperine is rarely found, although such supplements are available on the market. For 30 tablets containing 95 percent. piperine costs about PLN 30.

Piperine - antibacterial and analgesic properties

Piperine has antibacterial properties. Black pepper extracts have been shown to combat, inter alia, golden staphylococcus ( Staphylococcus aureus ), as well as bacteria such asKlebsiella aerogenes ,Chromobacterium violaceumorBacillus sphaericus . In addition, piperine has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.


The average content of piperine in black pepper is only about 6%, therefore its excessive consumption is pointless and may cause side effects in the form of an irritated digestive system.


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