Who manufactures Bioperine?
Bioperine is a registered trademark and a product of Sabinsa Corporation.
Sabinsa Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals. Over the past 9 years, Sabinsa has marketed more than 50 standardized botanical extracts and privately funded several clinical studies in support of these products. With more than 100 scientists working full time conducting ongoing research both in India and the United States, Sabinsa continues to develop and patent phytonutrients for the world market. All products intended for human consumption are certified Kosher. For more information visit www.sabinsa.com.
Bioperine is a standardized piperine extract. It is obtained from the fruits of the Piper nigrum L. (black pepper) and/or Piper longum L. (long pepper) plants. The pepper berries are harvested in Southeast Asia just prior to ripening and then sun dried. Bioperine contains 95% piperine.
Bioperine is believed to enhance the absorption of essential vitamins, minerals amino acids and antioxidants into the blood. It has also been found that Bioperine promotes increased metabolism, accelerating the rate at which the body burns fat.
Side effects of Bioperine
No life-threatening side effects associated with the use of Bioperine have been reported. However, anybody considering taking diet supplements to lose weight may be subject to various side effects associated with other ingredients.
Sabinsa claims that Bioperine has been demonstrated to increase the absorption of nutrients in nutritional supplement formulations in clinical studies. Whether this claimed increase in absorption, even if true, makes a practical difference and improves health is not clear. Most herbal and nutritional products are sold in higher than normal required dosages, and additional absorption, even if true, may or may not be beneficial. It is possible that the use of Bioperine may increase the side effects of certain supplements.
Minor gastrointestinal discomfort or GI symptoms may occur with high doses of Bioperine. Insufficient human studies have been carried out to determine the side effects of chronic supplementation with Bioperine. It is quite likely that the small amounts of Bioperine could provide health benefits while larger amounts could be toxic, or damaging to the liver and other organs.
The following side effects have been associated with Bioperine at recommended doses: Moderate diarrhea reported infrequently; Bronchospasm, Redness of Skin, Itching, Rash, Reaction due to an Allergy – all reported rarely. If medications are taken, it is important to be aware that Bioperine could enhance their absorption, potentially magnifying their side effects.
It is always advisable to consult a physician before taking any weight loss product, regardless of whether or not it contains Bioperine.