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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