There is a plethora of over- the counter supplements designed to provide you with health support. However, there is one that currently stands out amongst the rest and that is BERBERINE.
Typically used in traditional Chinese Medicine, it not really new, as it has been around for thousands of years. Berberine is a yellow compound found in the roots, rhizomes, and stem barks of many plants species including barberry. This bright, yellow compound is attracting a great deal of buzz because of its potential health benefits. According to Rosia Parrish, a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and functional medicine specialist at Boulder Natural Health in Boulder Colorado, “Berberine has antimicrobial properties, as well as, it helps with bile and billirubin secretion.” So, here are some of Berberine’s top health benefits.
Top of the list- it lowers blood sugar. In 2018, OncoTarget’s review showed that, “Berberine blood sugar lowering ability was comparable to metformin. However, more studies need to be undertaken for a better view. So, do not rush out to buy supplements without first talking with your health care provider.
Lowers Cholesterol- heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with high cholesterol the chief culprit. Many studies have shown the impact of berberine in lowering high cholesterol levels. It is a great alternative for those who cannot manage statins.
Helps in Weight Loss- Carrying around extra, unwanted pounds? Then Berberine might be your answer. In fact, berberine in conjunction with Alpha Lipoic Acid are main ingredients in many weight loss supplements. Coupled with regular exercise and a healthy diet, you will notice the difference around your waistline.
So, berberine has an abundance of health benefits. It also aids in prevention of colorectal polys. Studies have shown that 500mg, 3 times daily is the advised dosage. Until next time, remember your health depends on not how much you eat, BUT WHAT YOU EAT.