If you’re taking black pepper with your turmeric, stop!
I know, you’ve probably heard that in order to absorb your turmeric and get the benefit from it, you need to take it with black pepper.
Most turmeric supplements are made with black pepper extract, known as Piperine, or BioPerine.
Other supplements and nutrients are including black pepper with claims of increased absorption now too…
But, while you’re trying to give your body a super-nutrient in a bioavailable form, you could be wreaking havoc on your liver and making your body more toxic.
When it comes to turmeric…
Turmeric’s bioactive component is known as curcumin, and it very hard for your body to metabolize.
You see, your liver breaks curcumin down into a water soluble form, so it easily passes through your digestive system without being properly absorbed.
This is frustrating, because you’re probably consuming the turmeric for it’s incredible health benefits, which you won’t get if you’re only absorbing a minimal amount.
There are ways around this – one of which is considered to be black pepper extract.
But you REALLY don’t want to lean on black pepper extract.
Why aren’t you getting the benefit of turmeric on it’s own?
When you consume something your liver needs to process that substance; it goes through a process called glucuronidation, which is a natural detox.
What happens is that your liver attaches a glucuronide to a particular drug, food substance or toxin. Then this substance is broken down so that your body can excrete it, but it doesn’t necessarily get to absorb it first.
You need to remember that your body can’t always ascertain which drugs are beneficial versus detrimental. Even though turmeric is all natural and comes from a plant, it can still operate like a drug in your body. If you think about it, a lot of recreational street drugs also come from plants.
So, the point of the glucuronidation process is to ensure that your liver isn’t mass absorbing anything that might be detrimental to your body. Unfortunately, this often means nutrients like those in turmeric get excreted along with the toxins.
This is why you need to stay away from black pepper…
Black pepper, piperine and BioPerine are all touted for their ability to help your body absorb nutrients like turmeric.
The issue is that what they are actually doing is turning of the glucuronidation process.
This is really problematic, because by turning off your liver’s defense system, the black pepper is allowing your body to absorb everything, not just the good stuff.
The toxins and detrimental substances that your body can usually filter out are now staying in your body, causing multiple health concerns.
Also, if you’re taking medication, the effects of those meds are being enhanced, because more of the drugs are being absorbed.
You need your liver to be able to properly do it’s job, so it’s imperative that you avoid shutting down it’s natural functions.
What can you do instead?
One option is that you can use fulvic acid.
It used to be a lot easier to come by, as it was found in plants everywhere. But, with the depletion of the nutrients in the soil, this is no longer the case.
You can however get quality fulvic acid supplements or supplements that contain fulvic acid.
What this nutrient does is chelate the heavy metals and minerals in your digestive system making it so that you absorb more of what you consume. It also opens up your cell membranes so that your cells can directly absorb more of the nutrients you’re consuming.
This is a much better option that shutting down your liver’s natural processes.
There’s another option…
You could also use a Liposomal Turmeric, that utilizes Micelle technology to ensure maximum absorption – up to 1500 times more effective.