Turmeric and Black Pepper: The Best Way to Take Turmeric?

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You’ve likely heard about the many health benefits of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) and its compound curcumin. But did you know that it can be difficult to “unlock” the nutrients in turmeric so your body can actually take full advantage of them?

One popular way to make the compounds in turmeric more bioavailable (absorbable and usable to the body) is to pair it with another popular cooking spice: black pepper [1]. But what if there was a better way to improve absorption of curcumin than combining turmeric and black pepper? A way to boost turmeric’s bioavailability, allowing it to more safely and effectively support the natural healing process?

The Healing Power of Turmeric

Turmeric is a staple remedy from the traditional medicine systems of the Far East. Out of all herbs and spices, it seems like turmeric has gained the most widespread popularity as a “super” spice in the West in recent years.

Turmeric’s many health-supportive properties are attributed to curcumin, a key component of turmeric that’s been studied for its Anti Aging Turmeric Powderanti-inflammatory properties, antioxidant properties, and impact on longevity. 

Curcumin is documented in the scientific literature as offering powerful support for the cardiovascular, neurological, metabolic, immune, and cellular systems. It’s also the part of turmeric that gives this root spice its rich, golden yellow color.

But the truth of the matter is that humans have a difficult time getting all the health benefits from turmeric when consuming the spice all by itself. Research shows that only a very small portion of its active ingredient (compound) is assimilated into the body when eaten in isolation.

This is why many natural health experts suggest consuming turmeric along with black pepper (Piper nigrum). Black pepper contains a unique “bio-enhancer” compound known as piperine that significantly boosts turmeric’s bioavailability – by as much as 2,000 percent, in fact.

This is the reason why many turmeric and curcumin supplement products on the market today contain either black pepper or piperine.

The Problem: Black Pepper Isn’t Good for Everyone

This pairing approach of turmeric and black pepper comes with limitations, however, as too much black pepper can actually be detrimental to health – especially in people with gastrointestinal issues.
man with acid reflux gripping stomachResearch published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that consuming black pepper in excess can damage the mucosal lining of the gut, potentially causing bleeding or other injuries.

Consuming high amounts of black pepper, this same study found, is akin to taking the painkiller drug aspirin [2]. In other words, aspirin represents a similar threat to the gut lining in terms of its tendency to cause serious erosions and ulcers in the intestinal tract [3].

This isn’t to say that black pepper is inherently dangerous, and there’s no need to toss out the pepper shaker just yet. After all, the amounts of black pepper required to induce such harm are far greater than what the average person consumes in their food on a daily basis.

There’s also evidence to show that taking curcumin along with just piperine, black pepper’s primary alkaloid, is typically safe and causes “no adverse effects [4].”

Even so, there’s always the possibility that someone might react negatively to this combination – especially when taking very high doses of turmeric or curcumin for therapeutic purposes.

For this reason, science set out to determine whether or not it was possible to retain turmeric’s full bioavailability without the need for black pepper, piperine, or any other additive. And the good news is, it is possible.

Fermentation Increases the Power of Turmeric BETTER Than Black Pepper

As it turns out, by fermenting turmeric its active constituents can be drawn out and made more potent in a way similar to, and potentially even greater than, black pepper.

Here’s another reason why fermented turmeric may be superior to turmeric and black pepper. Besides possibly upsetting a person’s digestive system, black pepper is known to interfere with a process known as glucuronidation that’s necessary for eliminating toxins from the body [5].

Put simply, too much black pepper can cause a buildup of xenoestrogens (harmful chemicals found in plastic and other everyday products) and other toxins that would otherwise be quickly eliminated from the body [6].

With simple fermentation, however, there’s little-to-no risk of these types of complications. That’s because there’s nothing like black pepper getting in the way to block the body’s important detoxification pathways.

It’s rather like eating fresh turmeric, which still contains all of the volatile (essential) oils that help to deliver the herb’s active compounds throughout the body. Fermentation may even go a step beyond this by further optimizing turmeric’s absorption potential.

Organixx Turmeric 3D is triple fermented for maximum bioavailability

Research conducted on rat models found that fermented turmeric is, indeed, the best form of turmeric because it contains the most antioxidant power. Compared to ground turmeric in powder and probiotic forms, fermented turmeric led to substantially higher plasma antioxidant concentrations in test subjects [7].

In terms of how it affects the liver, fermented turmeric was shown in a paper out of South Korea to be powerfully hepatoprotective, meaning it shields the liver from damage.

Not only that, but fermented turmeric was also shown to help improve the liver’s functional detoxification potential [8] – as opposed to black pepper-potentiated turmeric that can inhibit natural detoxification.

Fermented turmeric also contains more curcumin (the beneficial compound) than unfermented turmeric, by volume. In additionTurmeric Drink Next to Raw Turmeric to improving both its antioxidant and antimicrobial capacity, fermenting turmeric draws out an impressive 11% more curcumin compared to what’s found in raw turmeric.

Fermentation also makes turmeric 3.1 times more effective at scavenging oxidizing free radicals from the body [9].

Another area where fermented turmeric has a leg up on both unfermented turmeric and turmeric combined with black pepper is in the area of inflammation.

Research published by The Korean Society for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology found that fermented turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, possessing the ability to inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokines much more effectively than any other known form of turmeric. Fermented turmeric was further shown in this same study to protect against acute anaphylactic, or allergic, reactions [10].

From an antimicrobial perspective, fermented turmeric shows incredible potential against a wide variety of pathogenic bacteria, including drug-resistant “superbugs.”

Research out of the Middle East found that fermented turmeric provides broad-spectrum protection against harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Entreococcus faecalis, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumonia, and Pseudomonas aeruginosae [11].

Research out of China found that fermented curcumin can be a powerful weapon against high cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidemia. While unfermented curcumin showed minimal-to-no benefits during the evaluation, its fermented counterpart significantly reduced serum lipid levels in test models [12].

Fermented Turmeric Increased Fat Loss in Animal Test Subjects

woman trying to fasten jeans that are too smallFermented turmeric also shows promise in fighting another undesirable form of fat: the obesity kind.

Research out of South Korea found that consumption of fermented turmeric can alter the expression of certain genes involved with lipid accumulation, effectively preventing them from communicating to the body that it’s time to pack on extra pounds [13].

Related research published a year later, also out of South Korea, reiterated these findings while building upon them. Obese rats fed a high-fat diet not only didn’t gain more weight when also consuming fermented turmeric, but they further lost weight as a result of consuming the herb as part of their daily eating routines [14].

Preventing Impairment of Learning and Memory

Research has shown that fermented turmeric can also play a role in brain health. Among the findings fleshed out in a paper published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine was evidence suggesting that fermented turmeric has the potential to mitigate memory impairment while supporting optimized learning and memory ability in mice [15].

While more research needs to be done, the evidence so far seems clear… fermentation is the key to “unlocking” the incredible healing potential of turmeric, while avoiding the potential side effects of combining turmeric and black pepper.

Turmeric 3D from Organixx provides you one of the most “bioavailable” forms of turmeric due to its unique fermentation process. This means your body experiences the maximum benefits of the purest, most potent turmeric available!


Article Summary

  • Many natural health experts suggest consuming turmeric along with black pepper (Piper nigrum).

  • Black pepper contains a unique “bio-enhancer” compound known as piperine that significantly boosts turmeric’s bioavailability – by as much as 2,000 percent, in fact. 

  • This pairing approach of turmeric and black pepper comes with limitations, however, as too much black pepper can actually be detrimental to health – especially in people with gastrointestinal issues.

  • With simple fermentation, however, there’s little-to-no risk of these types of complications. Fermentation may further optimize turmeric’s absorption potential.

  • Researchers have discovered many benefits with fermented tumeric including improved liver detoxification, anit-inflammatory effects, fat loss, and enhanced memory & learning.

  • While more research needs to be done, fermentation may be the key to “unlocking” the incredible healing potential of turmeric, while avoiding the potential side effects of combining turmeric and black pepper.  

Reader Interactions


  1. I love yourTumeric I have tried many. All were helpful to a point. As soon as I found your 3D it put the others to shame. It has helped me and my husband tremendously. We’re on up in our 60’s and no more aches and pains. Other good benefits. Well Lots of them. I will take this brand of Tumeric until I die or run out of money. I am so grateful for everyone that helps make these products. I also take 7M+ and multi -vita-max. They have been wonderful. I’m more energetic and am off statins.
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    • Thank you very much for sharing your positive experience with Turmeric 3D, 7M+, and Multi-Vita-Maxx, Tena! We are so pleased to hear how these products has been helpful to your and your husband’s journey towards wellness. We appreciate your unending support and trust! Peace and blessings from the whole Organixx team!

      • Thank you for such wonderful information and knowledge.
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        • You’re most welcome, Dr. M K Raman. Glad you enjoyed the article. We couldn’t agree with you more. One thing that makes our turmeric supplement unique, is that you don’t have to take it with black pepper! Our Turmeric 3D is formulated so that it’s bio-available without the need for black pepper. If you would like to learn more about our Turmeric 3D, we encourage you to check out the following link: http://oxprod.organixx.com/turmeric-3d/. We hope you have a wonderful day!!

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    • Hi Denise, thank you so much for your interest! We apologize, but we can only comment or provide answers to questions regarding our products and are unable to provide any information regarding another manufacturer’s products. If you would like to learn more about our Turmeric 3D, we encourage you to check out the following page: http://oxprod.organixx.com/turmeric-3d/. Thank you so much! We hope you have a wonderful day!!

  2. Thank you so much for this article. All of my reading about Turmeric includes the boost of black pepper, but I haven’t seen many specifically about the increased assist & protective features of fermentation, specifically for people who are dealing with stomach issues including swelling. Thank you so much for posting this information. I am taking the Best Wellness Kit, (which provides Turmeric), and while it appears my health concerns well outweigh my co-workers, I seem to be the only one not getting sick! Thanks for the info.

    • Hi Kelly, thank you for your feedback on this post! We’re glad to know that this was informative for you and that you are taking really good care of yourself with the help of the Wellness Kit from Organixx.

      We wish you the best in your wellness journey!

  3. Hi , I like the idea of the tumeric being fermented, but dont think I could take this as it has 5000 iu of D3 included.
    I already take 50 000 iu of D3 every 2 weeks. I Would be interested in the fermented tumeric though but am reluctant to change my habit of stopping the D3 I am already taking.. Let me know when you have the fermented tumeric without the D3.



    • Thank you for your feedback, Jane.

      We do understand how you prefer to take the Vitamin D3 of your choice. We appreciate and value your suggestion. With this, please keep an eye out on your emails or browse http://oxprod.organixx.com to be the first to know about our newest products in the future. You may sign-up with our newsletter to be the first to know: http://bit.ly/free-newsletter-comm-fb.

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  4. Thanks, Jonathan. Stellar article as usual and I really appreciate the list of references that enable us to deep-dive the issues involved with curcuminoid bioavailability. Any idea why the piperine boosts it? I prefer functional foods rather than supplements wherever possible. Traditional Indian cooking of the turmeric tuber with ghee surely solubilizes the curcumin and the spice mixtures used are going to provide piperine from long pepper or black pepper. Does piperine boost the absorption of other lipophilic nutrients? So this idea of fermented turmeric is completely new to me. The threefold boost in free-radical scavenging is impressive; some sort of modification of the curcumin molecule? How to do this in practice? Include shreds of turmeric root when I make kimchee? Curcumin powder emulsified into whole milk before making yogurt? Please advise.

    • Hi Hiram, thank you for leaving a comment on this post.

      We appreciate your interest in learning more about turmeric and black pepper. We may not be able to specifically answer all your questions, but we’d love for you to check out this interesting podcast we published that talked about Inflammation and Turmeric here: https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/episode-5-inflammation-turmeric-dos-donts/.

      We hope you can take the time to listen and learn more about the black pepper myth and turmeric. We wish you a happy and healthy day!

  5. Great article on Fermented Turmeric. I’m currently taking Turmeric with Black Pepper, and I’m experiencing the very items
    you talked about in my stomach. I believe it’s time to try out your findings. I’m in my early 60’s and have found the Turmeric
    with Black Pepper has kept me from getting any kind of illness for over a year now, except for the sensitivity in my stomach.
    I’m just starting up a new blog. Please feel free to stop by and make a comment or sign up to my newsletter.

    • Hello James, congratulations on your new blog!

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience regarding this topic, we enjoyed reading how you are doing your best in taking care of yourself. Good job in staying healthy and using your voice to spread the word to other people. We wish you the best!

  6. Hi . Thanks for great information re- fermented turmeric Any distributor in CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA . Just wondering. Keep up the good work . God bless all you good people that give off your time and knowledge . Fatima

    • Hi Fatima, thank you so much for your interest. Currently, we’re unaware of any distributors in Cape Town, South Africa. Please know, that all of our products are available online at http://bit.ly/organixx-shop-comm-fb and we do ship internationally. We hope you can check out our online store and find something that you would like to try! Thank you so much!! We hope you have a wonderful day!!

  7. I just got my bottle of Tumeric 3d you say to take it twice daily. Do you take it with a meal? or can you take it alone? Can I take it before bed at night?

    • Hi Cheryl, thank you for your question and for your purchase!

      Adults are suggested to take 2 capsules of Turmeric 3D daily with 8oz of water or juice. We recommend that you divide the doses for Turmeric 3D. You may take one in the morning and evening, before your meals. Most of our supplements are best taken right before you eat. Before a meal is when they’re best because of their prebiotic component, they help prepare the digestive tract for the food you’re going to eat.

      We hope this helped and have a great weekend!

    • Hi Giorgio, thank you for pointing that to us. We’re sorry if you were not able to find the references for the footnotes.

      You will see all of the 15 references if you click the down button beside the word Sources, which is found above the Summary List. You will see all of these above the Comments section, which is near the end of the page.

      Please let us know if you were not able to locate it, we will be happy to send you the full list of references for this article.

      Thank you and have a great weekend!

    • Hi Ludia, thank you for your question.

      The fermentation process behind the Turmeric 3D helps maximize your body’s intake of the amazing nutrients in this supplement!

      At this time, we are not able to divulge our supply details and the fermentation processes to create the Turmeric 3D as they are proprietary information.

      However, please feel free to check out this page to learn more about the ingredients and health benefits of the Turmeric 3D: https://organixx.com/turmeric-3d/. You may also check out the ingredient label, price information, and customer reviews on this page: https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/turmeric-3d.

      Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

      Thank you for your interest in Organixx. Wishing you a great day!

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