A Perfect Combination: Turmeric and Black Pepper

A Perfect Combination: Turmeric and Black Pepper

The golden spice turmeric has been used in culinary practices and traditional medicine for more than a millennium. It is a spice that provides curries that typical yellow color. In Ayurveda, it is used for numerous health conditions, from overcoming infections to even slowing down skin aging.

In recent years, turmeric has gained lots of attention in the west and globally. Therefore, it has become the subject of much research. It is now among the most studied natural remedies. There are already thousands of studies that have examined every expects of this nature’s gift.

Why are turmeric supplements superior to natural turmeric?

Since turmeric is readily available as a spice, it is logical to ask why to go for turmeric supplements and why not just add more turmeric to foods.

Well, the reason is simple, though natural turmeric is good, it is not as good as supplements. Most of the health benefits of supplements are due to the yellow-colored compounds in turmeric called curcuminoids. The content of curcuminoids in natural turmeric is below 5%. Yes, that is relatively low.1

However, supplements like Zengko Joint Support Supplement contain high amounts of curcuminoids. Its content of curcuminoids is multiple times higher than natural turmeric, which explains its quick and prolonged benefits in inflammation and joint pain.

But that is not all. Another issue with natural turmeric is the poor bioavailability of curcuminoids.2 Studies show that the body absorbs very little curcuminoids if you take natural turmeric or other turmeric supplements. However, curcuminoids present in Zengko Joint Supplement have much better bioavailability.

How turmeric and black pepper work together

Taking lots of curcumin is not enough due to the poor bioavailability of curcuminoids. Therefore, it is vital to combine turmeric or curcumin with bio-enhancers. One such excellent and natural bioenhancer is black pepper.

Thus, black pepper or its extract (piperine) works by enhancing the absorption or bioavailability of turmeric. Additionally, black pepper extract may also exert some direct anti-inflammatory extract. Hence, combining turmeric and black pepper results in a much more potent product.

Zengko Joint Support Supplement has added piperine to it. Studies show that piperine can give a massive 2000% boost to curcumin’s bioavailability, thus ensuring better results.3

Therefore, Zenko Joint Support Supplement has two-fold benefits: higher curcuminoid concentration and excellent bioavailability.

Health benefits of turmeric and black pepper

Though there are tens of health benefits of turmeric, below are some of the reasons to take turmeric with black pepper extract or piperine:

  • Fights Inflammation: This is the number one reason to consider curcumin as a dietary supplement. It can help not only lower inflammation of joints but also help prevent chronic health issues. Turmeric is among the most potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Numerous systemic reviews confirm its antioxidant and free radicals scavenging properties. Further, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is suitable for systemic disorders and local issues like knee osteoarthritis.4,5
  • Reduces Pain: Turmeric is among the potent natural pain relievers. Numerous studies show that it is quite good for pain control. A systemic review that combined data from thirteen studies concluded that turmeric could provide pain relief on consistent use for four to six weeks.6On prolonged use, turmeric can be pretty good, with studies suggesting that it is comparable to the commonly used painkiller ibuprofen.7
  • Supports Digestive Health: Turmeric promotes digestive health in multiple ways. It has direct antimicrobial properties. It is also suitable for gut microbiota. Further, studies show that it may also help with leaky gut and prevent toxins from entering the body by improving gut barrier function. All these activities of turmeric also help lower inflammation.8
  • May Help Weight Loss: Turmeric may benefit joint health also by promoting weight loss. Though it does not have a potent weight loss effect, it can help reduce inflammation, improve gut microbiota, and positively affect the metabolic profile.9
  • Anti-aging: Turmeric has anti-aging properties. It can slow down cognitive decline, prevent chronic ailments, boost metabolism, and is also suitable for the skin. In addition, it can even lower the risk of certain types of cancers. Thus, supplementing the diet with Zenkgo Joint Support supplement would provide relief from joint disorders and slow down age-related changes in the body.

Turmeric dosage and safety

As turmeric supplements become increasingly popular, people frequently ask questions about their safety and dosage. Turmeric is safe for prolonged use and does not cause any ill effects. It is part of a regular diet in certain parts of the world, where people consume it daily.

Further, The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), US FDA, and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) consider turmeric or curcumin quite safe. It seems that a dosage of 1.4 mg per pound (3 mg/kg) of body weight per day or 245 mg for a 175-pound (80-kg) person is a safe and effective dosage of curcumin.10

To conclude, turmeric is quite good for reducing inflammation and pain and promoting metabolic health and longevity. It is safe and good for prolonged use. Using health supplements has some benefits over natural turmeric due to the better bioavailability of curcuminoids. Zengko Joint Support supplement contains turmeric in ideal dosage and piperine for better bioavailability and health effects.


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