What Is BioPerine®?

BioPerine® is a nutritional supplement that is made from the fruits of black pepper.
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  • Written By: L. Roux
  • Edited By: C. Wilborn
  • Last Modified Date: 24 August 2014
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BioPerine® is a nutritional supplement that is derived from the fruits of black pepper, containing the alkaloid piperine. It is very popular with athletes and bodybuilders because of its reported ability to support weight loss and also to increase energy. BioPerine® may also increase the uptake of nutrients in the body.

Some studies have suggested that the BioPerine® supports the increased uptake of various nutrients in the body such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It helps to increase the bioavailability of these nutrients, thereby also increasing the body's gastrointestinal health. Studies have suggested that the uptake of herbal supplements may significantly be increased when taking in conjunction with BioPerine®.

Another possible benefit of this supplement is an increase in the thermogenic activity of the body. Thermogenesis is the metabolic activity that takes place inside the body's cells. This results in a significant increase in body heat which will in turn help to burn more calories. Since the body uses fat as a source of energy, this increase in thermogenesis may result in weight loss.

BioPerine® contains piperine, which may help to prevent certain cancers. Studies have shown that piperine may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women since it specifically targets stem cells. Stem cells are at risk of developing into cancerous cells, and these cells can be found in all areas of the body. Piperine may also act as an anti-depressant and produce some anti-ageing effects in the body.

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Since piperine can be consumed naturally with various foods, there is no specific recommended dosage for BioPerine®. The typical dosage taken by athletes is usually about 5 to 10 milligrams and it may also be divided into various smaller dosages and spread throughout the day. Additional supplementation in the form of a fat burner or energy supplement may be added to the diet for fat burning purposes.

There are no significant side effects associated with BioPerine®. Individuals that take fat loss supplements are advised to consult with their health care provider to prevent possible side effects of other ingredients that forms part of the product. These fat loss and energy supplements should not be taken by pregnant women or children.

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