Turmeric has been used for over 3000 years. It has an active ingredient called curcumin which has hundreds of reported health benefits.
However, for it to be truly beneficial scientists have realised that it needs another root to help magnify the impact. Hence the inclusion of black pepper in the form of BioPerine®.
BioPerine® is a patented extract obtained from black pepper fruits (Piper nigrum) standardized minimum to 95% Piperine. According to clinical reports, having BioPerine® "in the right place at the right time" in the digestive tract with a supplemented nutrient results in enhanced absorption."
Thus a recent study reported that "in the dosages used, piperine enhances the serum concentration, extent of absorption and bioavailability of curcumin . . . with no adverse effects." In fact, in one trial, it improved the absorption rate by 2000%. This product has, in addition to turmeric powder, added curcumin extract as well as BioPerine®.
Health Leads encapsulated products only contain pure herbs, no bulking agents, anti-caking agents, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate or stearic acid.
These extra materials are not added to provide nutritional value, they simply make it easier for the main powdered product to flow through the machines that produce capsules and tablets. They prevent the active ingredients from sticking, which makes the machinery easier to clean, and reduces the down-time periods required for cleaning. Bulking agents make the capsule look as though it contains more product.
Health Leads believe these materials should not be used and there are many reports showing that they are harmful.