Black Pepper for Healthy Weight: Nothing to Sneeze At

Santa Rosa, California, UNITED STATES

SANTA ROSA, Calif., May 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- People want to maintain a healthy weight, and there are lots of beneficial ways to do it: exercise, whole foods diet and supplementation, proper stress relief, regular sleeping patterns. But a new study has highlighted an ancient ingredient for healthy fat metabolism that is, quite literally, right under our noses—black pepper.

Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study zeroes in on piperine, the component that makes pepper spicy. Black pepper has been used for centuries by Eastern practitioners to address numerous areas of health, particularly the digestive system. This ancient spice has also been known to support healthy fat metabolism. But nobody knew exactly why— until now.

Spicy Talk

Our bodies use blood glucose for energy; however, excess glucose is converted into fat, and there are a number of genes that control this process. Researchers found that piperine in black pepper reduces the expression of these genes: in other words, it turns many of these genes down or shuts them off completely. In addition, pepper turns up biological processes that promote healthy weight, by allowing the body to metabolize fat more efficiently.

This discovery shines the spotlight on an exciting area of scientific research: the field of epigenetics. Epigenetics is a branch of cutting edge science that explores the language of DNA and how it can be "rewritten" by external influences. Advancements in this field show how various factors (dietary, lifestyle, environmental, etc.) "talk" to specific genes, changing their expression for better or for worse. In this study, piperine is shown to quiet the genes which turn excess glucose into fat, and increase the expression of genes which promote healthier weight.

What Next?

This is good news. Any natural substance that can help encourage healthy weight has great benefit. But there is a downside. If you've ever over-peppered an omelet, you know exactly where this is going: How much black pepper can one possibly eat? Fortunately, there are other ways to get the benefits of piperine without having to injure your taste buds.

Integrative Digestive Formula, a natural nutritional supplement, is an excellent way to add more pepper to your diet. The formula combines black pepper with nutrients, enzymes and other botanical ingredients such as pomegranate seed, tangerine, licorice, ginger, mushrooms and lotus seed extract. Integrative Digestive Formula works to support healthy digestion and relieve occasional digestive discomfort.*

Created by integrative medicine pioneer Isaac Eliaz, M.D., L.Ac., Integrative Digestive Formula weaves ancient knowledge from traditional Eastern health systems, together with leading scientific data. The result is a synergistic formula which works to support optimal digestion, wellness and vitality.*

Strong Digestion Supports Healthy Metabolism

Food is fuel, but how we process that fuel makes a big difference to our health. The digestive system is a finely tuned biological machine that breaks up the food we ingest, absorbs as much nutrition as possible and eliminates anything we don't need. However, metabolism also happens on the cellular level. Cells must ingest glucose to grow, divide and perform a host of critical functions to maintain day to day health.

Regardless of whether metabolism is taking place in the digestive tract or inside individual cells, efficiency is critical. This is one of the main goals of Integrative Digestive Formula: to support efficient metabolism.* This means promoting optimal nutrient absorption, as well as liver and immune functions.* Meanwhile, black pepper is supporting ancient genomic processes that contribute to healthy weight and digestion.*

This is all part of an integrative approach to good health. We seek out the freshest, healthiest, most nutritious foods, but even that isn't always enough. By supporting our body's metabolic systems, we can promote digestive health, maintain a healthy weight, and in turn enhance overall vitality and wellness.*

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