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Hi everybody,
I’m interested in trying curcumin supplements with piperine added for their anti-inflammatory properties and have a question. Would such supplements make me feel worse than better? Here is the background. Every curcumin supplement I’ve seen has piperine added to it to increase the bioavailability of the curcumin. However, piperine is an alkaloid (https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/piperine) derived from black pepper, which is from the nightshade family. I’m sensitive to foods derived from nightshade (Solanaceae) plants. I assume it’s the alkaloids in nightshades that cause me problems.  I’d hate to spend money on supplements that might irritate my system. Does anybody have thoughts on whether piperine might cause me trouble?  
 
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Black pepper, Piper nigrum, is not in the nightshade family.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=d276
 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:Black pepper, Piper nigrum, is not in the nightshade family.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=d276



Hi Tyler,
Thanks for setting me straight. Now that I know black pepper isn't a nightshade, I'll give the curcumin supplements a try.
 
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Curcumin seems to be helping me and my husband - we both have achey pains and the curcumin seems to help some.  My dad is also taking it on the recommendation of his physician who said it might slow the progress of Alzheimer's.  Since we don't have a "control" we can't really know if it is doing anything, but it can't hurt.

 
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My favorite way to eat curcumin, is by adding turmeric or ginger to my food. And black pepper just seems to fit right into those kinds of dishes.
 
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