Some of the reasons I take Berberine

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I’ve taken berberine for several years now myself, I wanted to share some of the research / resources that I learned from. I typically take 1,000 post meal, but may change to taking it prior to the meal now. This is the berberine I use:

I came across a blog with one person’s experiments that I found interesting.

Berberine is a bright yellow compound found in various plants like barberry, Oregon grape, and goldenseal, has recently gained attention for its potential role in managing blood sugar levels.

Traditionally used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, berberine is now being investigated for its modern-day applications. Let’s delve into the science behind berberine and its possible impact on glucose control.

How Does Berberine Work?

Berberine’s mechanism of action is multifaceted, influencing various aspects of glucose metabolism:

  • Mimicking insulin: Berberine activates AMPK, a cellular “metabolic master switch,” promoting glucose uptake into cells, similar to how insulin works.
  • Enhancing insulin sensitivity: Berberine reduces insulin resistance, making cells more responsive to the hormone’s blood sugar-lowering effects.
  • Lowering glucagon production: Glucagon, a hormone that raises blood sugar, is suppressed by berberine, further contributing to glycemic control.
  • Improving gut health: Berberine’s prebiotic properties may positively influence gut bacteria, indirectly impacting glucose regulation.

Research Findings on Berberine’s Efficacy:

Studies suggest that berberine may be effective in managing blood sugar, particularly in individuals with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes:

  • A meta-analysis of 14 studies reported that berberine significantly reduced fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels, with its effectiveness comparable to some diabetes medications.
  • A review of 113 clinical trials concluded that berberine improved HbA1c, a long-term marker of blood sugar control, in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • A smaller study found that berberine, combined with lifestyle modifications, led to greater improvements in blood sugar control compared to lifestyle changes alone in individuals with prediabetes.

This is a study about berberine, a plant extract, and its use in treating type 2 diabetes. It compares the effectiveness of berberine to metformin, another common diabetes medication. The study found that berberine was as effective as metformin in lowering blood sugar and improving other markers of diabetes control. Additionally, berberine may have some advantages over metformin, such as improving blood lipid levels. The article also mentions that berberine is generally safe and well-tolerated, although some side effects, such as gastrointestinal upset, can occur. Overall, this study suggests that berberine is a promising treatment for type 2 diabetes.

“In study B, 48 adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes were treated supplemented with berberine in a 3-month trial. Berberine acted by lowering FBG and PBG from one week to the end of the trial. HbA1c decreased from 8.1% ± 0.2% to 7.3% ± 0.3% (P<0.001). Fasting plasma insulin and HOMA-IR were reduced by 28.1% and 44.7% (P<0.001), respectively. Total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were decreased significantly as well. “

“In conclusion, this pilot study indicates that berberine is a potent oral hypoglycemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism.”

I’ve followed information shared by Mike Mutzel for a while now and this is one of his videos discussing Berberine, blood sugar and your gut.

This is the berberine I use:

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Some of my daily supplements

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Note: This is sharing my PERSONAL experience. This is not medical advice. I am not a medical professional. Please make your own choices. I make NO claims that any product will perform for you in any way. Just sharing what has worked for ME.

Message me personally on Facebook if you want to talk about my personal experience with these or others. ~Jamie

I’m a big fan of Healus Biotic. I end up with taking 2 a day. I learned about this years ago when I was in training classes with Datis Kharrazian.

I really suggest reading this; this is about more than just the gut:

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I personally choose to take a B complex pretty much daily. I use Seeking Health B complex Plus or Thorne Basic B complex. I always used to use Thorne and there was a supply issue for a while.

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I typically take 1-4 of these Healthy Gut Holozyme with food. Personally I find them similar in quality and price to Enzymedica, these theoretically have some advantages with their technology with including minerals to activate the enzymes.

I personally just do SO much better taking Vitamin D that I typically use this daily or close to – especially if it’s winter or I’m not in the sun much.

Note: This is sharing my PERSONAL experience. This is not medical advice. I am not a medical professional. Please make your own choices. I make NO claims that any product will perform for you in any way. Just sharing what has worked for ME.

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Healing Tip: Finding your Tribe

Healing tip: Find your tribe. Find one or a couple close people you can be your authentic self with, find those that will love you, care for you and won’t judge you — and you can do the same for them.

Get rid of toxic people who don’t support you. If you find friends or family member are silent while your struggling though your hardest times, distance yourself from or remove yourself from those relationships.

I’m totally convinced that the support, love and empathy you get from your closest relationships can be a make or break part of healing for many many of us. Empathy heals.

Also ongoing exposure to people who don’t support you or are toxic place a HUGE burden on our body that weighs us down.

I’ve found most of us have an intuitive sense of those that really love and support us — often this gets suppressed when we are in an activated / adrenalized state.

Get a feel for who really supports you vs who would quickly leave you if they are upset or offended. Often once we are paying attention, we can often get a huge idea of who is supporting us from their most basic words and when they choose to respond and how. Pay attention to words, actions and the WAY people speak to you and to others. It tells you a lot about them overall. (everyone has a bad day at times – so context and patterns matter)

Once you get out of the worst of the situation — you may be able to start feeling what is right again

What goes on with our brain and emotion is HUGE in controlling our body overall. I’m convinced this is a missing piece (emotional /neural-retraining type of issues) for many many who are stuck with chronic, lingering health issues.

With love;


Favorite Gut Related Supplements – March 2023

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One of my personal favorites for my gut / lower GI:

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Probiotics – I like this or Megaspore.

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My favorite supplement for helping with bloating issues

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Betaine HCl — “Fast-acting: Support for occasional heartburn and indigestion associated with low stomach acid; uses HCl and pepsin already in your stomach to naturally raise pH and help soothe discomfort.”

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Kitchen Part 2

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One of my favorite high quality cutting boards
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Anova Sous Vide — We use the Anova nearly daily in our kitchen. This is a more powerful model that what we have, but is a great price at the moment. Make sure to clip a coupon too when you buy it if it’s still available.
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Potane Vacuum Sealer:
I know not everyone likes using plastic, but the benefits outweigh the risks for us. The extra life we gain on foods by keeping them vacuum sealed in amazing. We have used this unit for about 6 months so far with great results.
If we do a marathon season, it seems to get warm and need a break, but otherwise has been very consistent.

Kitchen related goodies

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A few of my favorite things for the kitchen:

NOTE: Some of these are not on sales yet at the time of this writing, but are likely to go into the sale rotation this week on amazon in my experience. Keep an eye out for sales if this interest you.

Water Filter.

There are probably some totally fine units on amazon I could look up, but I don’t have personal experience with them. I use a water filter built by these folks in Texas. They helped me figure out what I needed and shipped it to me. You can call and talk to a real person. It’s been a while, but was in the $500 ballpark for a very complete RO system with extra tanks and faucets.


With just a few exception, I often use wusthof knives. I have a couple benchmade that are also excellent ( I’ve been using the meat crafter a lot in recent weeks actually). Many knives even from the factory are hit and miss with how sharp they are. I suggest professional sharpening, unless you really really know what your doing. I use: — You can mail knives to them for sharpening, they are legit, I’ve been there in person and know the owner.

A 8 inch chef knife is one of the base knives everyone should have. I have this knife (I have a different style handle that I think was discontinued, same metal).

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Paring Knife. This small knife is a favorite for Karen.

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If they are in your budget and you want a high end fillet style knife with a great strong edge, made in the US, these are very nice. Not in everyone’s price range for sure. They just introduced some other kitchen knives in different styles, I have not used these yet. I did have a new edge put on the meatcrafters shortly after purchase, they were not a bad factor edge, but not at the level I was pleased with. I’ve come to accept this is normal that I have to re-sharpen many knifes even right from the factor to get the edge I want.

If these knives are out of your price range, get a knife you can afford and professionally sharpen it. It will get very sharp – but it’s a question / gamble how long it will hold the edge for. Depending on use and how fussy I am, a $10 knife might hold an okay edge for me for weeks, a wusthof will do 3-6 months+. I’ve not had them that long, but guessing you get closer to a year on the benchmade. This is with at-home use multiple times a week to daily.

Sous Vide

This rapidly became my favorite way to cook most meats. You place your meat in a vacuum sealed bag or silicone pouch if you are avoiding plastic, remove as much air as possible and place it in a water bath at a set temperature. The time and temp varies with the meat and the goal.

For example, Most steaks I cook are in there for around 1 hour at 127F and then finished on my grill (broiler). I end up with consistent steak house level results (only variable is the quality of the meat) every time I cook.

I found mine on special at sams club for $99 a year ago, it came with a plastic tank, which is nice, but you can also use a pot or other heat resistant container.

The unit has been very reliable overall — it has “glitched” a couple times and had to be unplugged and plugged back in. Not a big deal, but thought I’d mention it. I heard they have good customer service, but have not used it.

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I have a couple wood cutting boards we use often. This is one I often use for serving / cutting steaks. It’s really important for the life if your knives not to use glass, stone, etc. Only use wood or plastic if your don’t mind using plastic.

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The grill I finish meat on is on sale:

Otto Wilde Grill Sale

If you want to be able to grill steak house style meat at home with a broiler, this unit is awesome. This is for outdoor use only and works with propane. I suggest using a Souis Vide unit with it. We use this grill almost daily. We have the model with a drawer.

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