This chemical found in certain plants is the latest buzz but it has been around for a long time.
It has been associated with weight loss, helping with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), certain heart conditions and even cancer!!
May Lower Blood Glucose Levels
Berberine assists with glucose and lipid metabolism thereby lowering A1C levels. A study in 2021 Pharmacology showed how it improved insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes. It works even better when you combine it with a probiotic. Another study showed Berberine working similarly to the drug metformin.
May Effect Your Heart
The way berberine works with your heart is that it combats inflammation and oxidative stress in addition to helping with regulating electrical signals. A 2022 study in Cureus showed improvement in participants that took 500 mg 2x a day improved hormone status and cardiovascular profiles as well as factors involved in PCOS (weight, BMI, fast glucose, insulin ratio, and total cholesterol).
May Effect Your Weight
It has been shown that 500 mg 3x/day for 12 weeks helped people lose 5 pounds as well as decreasing triglyceride levels.
May Help Cancer
Recent studies show that berberine exerts anti-tumor effects on lung, cervical, liver, leukemia and other malignancies. It does this by inhibiting cancer cell proliferation through various mechanisms.
Berberine may interact with medicines so always check with your doctor. Also, it cannot be taken long term.