What is Bioavailability?
Bioavailability plays an important role in your body’s consumption of food and drugs. If you’re not familiar with bioavailability or you aren’t quite sure you understand it, we’re taking a closer look and laying out the basics for you.
Let’s start with what we do know. When we eat, our food is digested; broken down in order to release the food’s nutrients into our bodies to be absorbed. Our bodies use these nutrients to provide energy and help stimulate the repair of cells and assist in growth. To better understand bioavailability, think of it as a tool used to measure this absorption rate. It basically examines how quickly and how well food’s nutrients are absorbed into your system.
As with food, bioavailability is also used to measure your body’s absorption rate of any drug that is not given to you intravenously. This means that bioavailability plays a key role in determining dosages by examining drug absorption- how quickly a drug travels through your body to its expected destination, as well as how much of it successfully reaches this area.
Additional Factors to Consider
There can be many additional variables that affect how easily nutrients and drugs are absorbed into your system. A person’s health, age, and gender are all important factors. For instance, as we get older, our metabolism rate begins to slow. Our digestive system is affected by our metabolism rate, which then slows our body’s rate of absorption.
Additionally, you will want to take these factors into consideration when determining the bioavailability of a drug:
- Physiological factors such as stress and hormones
- Additional drugs that are being taken
- The need for the drug to be taken with or without food
- Any underlying health issues such as gastrointestinal or liver disease
- The form of the drug, such as extended-release vs. immediate release
A Bioavailability Enhancer
So what can be done to help increase what our body absorbs? Would you believe black pepper is the key? In addition to being one of the most popular and commonly used spices in the world, black pepper has been successfully used in traditional medicine, preservatives, and various health supplements for decades. BioPerine, a patented extract which comes from black pepper fruits, is a natural bioavailability enhancer. BioPerine, or Piperine, is known to increase absorption rates by 30% or more and has been in use for over 20 years.
There have been many benefits reported with the use of BioPerine. The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine noted increases in the absorption of the following nutrients:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B-s
Additionally, BioPerine has been used to treat gout, may be able to help prevent tumor growth, and help with depression.
Turmeric Curcumin Complex
BioPerine is one of five ingredients used in our Turmeric Curcumin Complex which works as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The bioavailability of 2000mg of Curcumin, when combined with 20mg of BioPerine, was enhanced by an astonishing 2000%. Pretty impressive for what most of us know as simply black pepper. To learn more about our natural supplement, visit our website today.