The Amazing Benefits of Berberine
Discover 10 Remarkable Health Benefits of Berberine That Will Change Your Life
I’m in love with Mother Nature. There you have it. I have a crazy obsession with the oldest lady in the history of the world. But how can anyone resist a love so pure? A heart so kind and generous?
In a minute, you’ll understand why I’m suddenly smitten and sounding all delirious.
I’d like to bring to your attention a compound not known to many, an excellent gift from Mother Nature to you and I.
Berberine is a bioactive compound is renowned for its ability to lower blood sugar. It can also help with high cholesterol, hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), among other notorious health issues.
While this supplement is only hitting the mainstream now, it has been used for thousands of years in Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern folk medicine.
We’ll delve into more detail on the remarkable benefits of Berberine, but first, let’s get some details out of the way.
What is Berberine?
Berberine is a potent bioactive compound that can be extracted from various plants, including a group of shrubs known as Berberis.
Technically, this phytonutrient belongs to a category of substances known as alkaloids. It is yellow in color, and has often been used as a dye.
It is commonly found in in various plants including Oregon grape, goldenseal, tree turmeric and barberry.
For ages, Berberine has been a staple of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and grows in the semi-tropic areas of Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
How Does Berberine Work?
Biological mechanisms are diverse and complicated, and I wouldn’t want to bore you with the scientific jargon. However, once you ingest Berberine, it follows a similar pathway to that of medicinal drugs (absorption to the bloodstream and binding to specific receptors).
One of its primary actions is to activate enzyme AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). AMPK is commonly referred to as the ‘metabolic master switch,’ as it regulates numerous biological activities including glucose, lipids and energy metabolism.
This enzyme can be found in the cells of various body organs including, the heart, brain, kidney, muscle and liver. Basically, this enzyme plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism.
Let’s jump right into it and discuss the remarkable benefits of Berberine in more detail.
Here are the Bountiful Benefits of Berberine
1. Regulates blood sugar
The ability of Berberine to regulate blood sugar is arguably its most impressive trait.
The current research on this potent phytonutrient shows that Berberine lowers fasting blood sugar and the blood sugar marker hemoglobin A1C.
A meta-analysis of 14 studies featuring more than 1000 participants revealed that this compound is just as effective as oral diabetes medication.
Let’s face it. Conventional treatments against diabetes are not only ineffective but are causing more harm than good. What’s more, most of them are overprescribed and contain serious side effects.
On the same note, Berberine prevents pre-diabetes, a condition whereby an individual's blood sugar is higher than the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This is a serious condition that effects about 84 million Americans.
2. Lowers cholesterol
Health experts consider high cholesterol an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Berberine contributes to low cholesterol by removing the LDL cholesterol in the liver as it upregulates LDL-receptor expression.
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials conducted in 2013 showed that using Berberine is a safe and effective way of lowering LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and overall cholesterol. Even better, the studies proved it potentially raises HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
3. Effective against candida
If this supplement was beginning to impress you, you're in for a treat! Berberine also boasts having anti-fungal properties, particularly against the yeast candida.
An in-vitro study conducted in 2016 demonstrated that Berberine was useful against fluconazole-resistant strains of the yeast Candida.
According to the report, their phytochemicals kills the yeast by targeting the cell membrane.
4. Could improve symptoms of PCOS
PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a hormonal condition that can occur when cysts develop on the ovaries. Women with the condition may experience a hormonal imbalance that may cause irregular menstruation and even make it difficult for them to get pregnant.
However, current research in this field shows promise with Berberine. In 2015, a study involving Chinese women with PCOS showed that this supplement alone could improve the women's menstrual pattern and rate of ovulation.
5. Fights SIBO
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) has become a more common occurrence in medical practice. In some cases, clinicians are prescribing oral antibiotics to fight this infection. Following a 2015 study with 104 patients with SIBO, Berberine was found to be equally effective as Rifaximin, an antibiotic used to treat the same.
6. Aids in weight loss
We're not advocating for people to lead a lazy lifestyle or not watch their diet. So, this is not a magic pill that will make the pounds disappear overnight. However, adding this supplement to your diet plan and a fitness regimen could significantly help your weight loss quest.
Various studies indicate that Berberine can lower your body mass index and reduce your waist circumference considerably
7. Promotes liver health
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is arguably the most likely form of liver disease today. Sadly, roughly 50% of those that get it also have diabetes.
You'll love to know that Berberine can effectively battle this condition as it eliminates unhealthy fat droplets in the liver. The supplement will also improve your lipids in the process.
8. Soothes digestive disorders
Bowel disorders can be quite uncomfortable, not to mention inopportune. For ages, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have used this compound to calm discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract.
Berberine has been tested and found effective against diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome – patients experienced improvements in diarrhea frequency, urgency, and abdominal pain.
Besides, Berberine's anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties enhance the health of the intestinal microbiome, mucosa and gut hormone. As a result, it is potentially useful for ulcerative colitis, among other bowel disorders.
9. Slows signs of aging
Some Berberine a day keeps the wrinkles at bay. This wondrous supplement uses two mechanisms to keep you looking as youthful as ever.
Firstly, it targets AMPK, the metabolic master switch, which causes calorie restriction in your system – resembles intermittent fasting. This in itself averts disease and increases your lifespan.
Secondly, it boosts the activity of your insulin receptors and incretins and inhibits mTORC1, which supports cell death and proliferation.
10. Promotes brain health
Although the cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases remains a grey area, research suggests that Berberine could offer protection against these dreaded conditions.
Berberine is a potent anti-inflammatory, and as you may know, Alzheimer’s is an inflammatory condition.
Besides, this supplement also stops the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques – features of Alzheimer’s. Although the research is still young, it doesn’t stop us from being excited at the prospect.
I hope you can now see why I was tripping about Mother Nature’s love. Now that you know about the bountiful benefits of Berberine, what action will you take?