An herbal compound that has the capacity to promote the bioavailability (absorption) of medicinal compounds and nutrients into the body, without any pharmacological activity of its own

Piperine, the active compound found in black pepper (Piper nigrum) and long pepper (Piper longum), has also been shown to increase the absorption of vitamins A, B6 and C, beta-carotene, selenium and coenzyme Q.


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