Turmeric can be used as a regular spice for taste and medicinal benefit. It contains an active chemical called curcumin. However, there is less than 5% curcumin in whole turmeric and it is poorly absorbed. To get sufficient turmeric/curcumin for therapeutic purposes, you will have to supplement. Black pepper extract is added to increase absorption. Scientific studies show that black pepper extract can increase absorption by 2000%.
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