Combination of taurine and black pepper extract as a treatment for cardiovascular and coronary artery diseases

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Swiderski, Jordan ORCID: 0000-0002-3613-2406, Sakkal, Samy ORCID: 0000-0003-0430-4012, Apostolopoulos, Vasso ORCID: 0000-0001-6788-2771, Zulli, Anthony ORCID: 0000-0002-2660-078X and Gadanec, Laura Kate ORCID: 0000-0002-4801-8061 (2023) Combination of taurine and black pepper extract as a treatment for cardiovascular and coronary artery diseases. Nutrients, 15 (11). ISSN 2072-6643


The shift in modern dietary regimens to “Western style” and sedentary lifestyles are believed to be partly responsible for the increase in the global burden of cardiovascular diseases. Natural products have been used throughout human history as treatments for a plethora of pathological conditions. Taurine and, more recently, black pepper have gained attention for their beneficial health effects while remaining non-toxic even when ingested in excess. Taurine, black pepper, and the major terpene constituents found in black pepper (i.e., β-caryophyllene; α-pinene; β-pinene; α-humulene; limonene; and sabinene) that are present in PhytoCann BP® have been shown to have cardioprotective effects based on anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, anti-hypertensive and anti-atherosclerotic mechanisms. This comprehensive review of the literature focuses on determining whether the combination of taurine and black pepper extract is an effective natural treatment for reducing cardiovascular diseases risk factors (i.e., hypertension and hyperhomocysteinemia) and for driving anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and anti-atherosclerotic mechanisms to combat coronary artery disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, and atherosclerotic disease.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3390/nu15112562
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3208 Medical physiology
Current > Division/Research > Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS)
Keywords natural products, cardiovascular disease, traditional medicine, modern diet
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