Berberine is a compound that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It can be extracted from multiple plants including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape, phellodendron, and tree tumeric.
On a molecular level (within your cells), it has been shown, through research, to support heart health, regulate blood sugar and support the liver in detoxifying the body. It also has powerful antioxidant properties which may slow aging.
With February being heart health month, it only seems fitting to chat about this supplement if you feel you need more support in preventing or healing from disease.
Berberine also has nutrigenomic properties, meaning it may be able to turn "good" genes on and "bad" genes off. Your nutrition has a direct impact on your health along with gene expression. Just because you have a gene for a disease does not mean you will develop it later in life. What you eat and how you manage your stress plays an important role.
Type II diabetes increases your risk of developing heart disease significantly. Berberine may support increasing insulin sensitivity and for those diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic this is great news. Diabetics are insulin resistant, meaning their cells are not receptive to accepting glucose for energy and continues to recirculate glucose (sugar) in the blood which is what leads to many of the comorbidities associated with diabetes.
And for those looking to lose weight, berberine may help with that as well. That is due to its role in regulating the fullness hormone, leptin, along with insulin. It also may inhibit the growth of fat cells.
Overall, berberine is a multifaceted supplement that could support your health in so many ways...
- Balanced blood sugar
- Improved heart health
The most common recommended dosage for berberine is 500 mg, three times per day with meals. Always consult with your doctor if a supplement is right for you, especially if you are taking medication(s).
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