In herbal medicine, black pepper is considered as a bioavailability enhancer for its utility in increasing the absorption of beneficial plant compounds in the gastrointestinal tract (Kesarwani and Gupta 2013). Hence it is often paired with herbal medicine such as turmeric and ashwagandha to increase potency.
BioPerine, a patented piperine extract from black pepper, enhances the bioavailability of turmeric curcumin. When turmeric curcumin is ingested without BioPerine, the liver immediately breaks it down in a process referred to as glucuronidation (Shoba 1998). BioPerine halts this process and enhances the absorption of turmeric curcumin in the body. BioPerine is essential in delivering the full benefits of turmeric curcumin (Kesarwani and Gupta 2013).