Can Berberine Help Type 2 Diabetics?
I decided to do my own research. Let me tell you what I found:
Berberine is derived from several different plants, including Goldthread, Oregon grape root, Barberry, tree turmeric and Goldenseal. It has been used in both Ayruvedic and Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Its benefits to diabetics were discovered by accident after initially being prescribed for diabetics with diarrhea. Not only did it solve their GI issues; it also lowered their blood sugar considerably. It wouldn’t surprise me if the test subjects were on Metformin, which causes all kinds of GI distress, and through the course of their treatment, learned Berberine’s “side effect” was to lower blood sugar.
Berberine has since shown so many benefits:
- it makes the body more sensitive to insulin, which helps lower blood sugar
- it slows the digestion of carbohydrates, which also helps lower blood sugar
- it increases the number of beneficial bacteria in the gut
- it has antioxidant properties
- it’s an anti-inflammatory
- it inhibits fat storage
- it increases glycolysis (the breakdown of glucose in the cells), which results in increased energy
Berberine also improves leptin function. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells to signal the brain that it’s full. Obese people are usually leptin-resistant.
Along those same lines, Berberine also positively affects adonipectin, a hormone secreted by fat cells that helps control glucose regulation and fatty acid oxidation. This means that it can reduce the size of your fat cells and cut down on their number as well. As you might’ve guessed, obese people tend to be low in adonipectin.
You can find Berberine in vitamin stores or higher end grocery stores that carry supplements.
The dosage for best results is three 500 mg. capsules per day, taken with or after each meal.
As you can see, Berberine has many benefits that improve the metabolic system. I strongly advise you to consider using it if you are on the diabetes continuum.