I have heard about using berberine to lower blood sugar, but I didn’t know it had so many other benefits. There are many articles that show the efficacy of berberine to help treat type 2 diabetes and lower cholesterol.
Note: If you are currently taking any prescription drugs, or even over-the-counter medication, please consult with your doctor before adding new supplements.
This article, from Dr.Axe’s website provides a lot of good information about berberine and its proven benefits.
Berberine comes to us from China and India, where it was first used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. Berberine is a natural alkaloid found in a wide variety of traditional herbs, including goldenseal, barberry, goldthread, Oregon grape, tree turmeric and phellodendron. Within these plants, the berberine alkaloid can be found in the stem bark, roots and rhizomes (rootlike subterranean stems) of the plants.
Berberine extracts are generally inexpensive, safe and well-known for their broad antibacterial activities — and can help naturally treat conditions without always resorting to antibiotics, as currently we have a very serious and growing problem of antibiotic resistance in this country. Berberine has been proven to have many other pharmacological effects including being antimicrobial, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and blood glucose–lowering.
Nutritional Background of Berberine
Berberine is an alkaloid, which is defined as a class of organic compounds of plant origin containing mostly basic nitrogen atoms that have pronounced physiological actions on humans. There is a robust amount of research on berberine that has been conducted to date with repeated double-blind clinical trials.
Findings of these studies have shown definitive or likely benefits for a very wide range of serious health ailments, including:
- Gastrointestinal infections
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Immune challenges
- Joint problems
- Low bone density
- Weight control
See next page for some of the health benefits of berberine…