Many experts agree that the ever-increasing rate of diabetes is due to the global increase in the consumption of sugar, sugary soft drinks and food and the strong influence of the large food companies.
These foods are making people more and more hungry for more heavily processed, sugary foods that are cheaper and, of course, much more widely advertised than most healthy foods.
Berberine has been shown to be as effective against type 2 diabetes as conventional diabetes drugs.
There are a few natural solutions for treating type 2 diabetes, one of which is Berberine.
Berberine is a powerful plant extract with several impressive health benefits. It can lower blood sugar, promote weight loss and improve heart health - things that most pharmaceutical diabetes drugs cannot do. Berberine is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial and is effective against diarrhea, intestinal parasites, Candida albicans and possibly methicillin-resistant staphylococci.
- reduce insulin resistance and make the blood sugar-lowering hormone insulin more effective.
- promote glycolysis, i.e. the breakdown of glucose in the cells.
- reduce the bad fat in the liver.
- improve digestion.
- slow down the absorption of carbohydrates.
- increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Berberine is a bioactive plant extract obtained from various plant species, including golden thread, barberry and tree turmeric. It has been used for several thousand years in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and is now widely studied in the modern world.
Several impressive studies show that Berberine can lower blood sugar levels as effectively as the drug Metformin, without the negative side effects. Two of the best known peer-reviewed studies published in the Metabolism and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology compared Berberin with metformin (Glucophage). The Berberine group had very similar results to the metformin group. In addition, berberin also reduced triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol and blood pressure in patients:
- Hemoglobin A1c decreased from 9.5% to 7.5% (approx. 21% reduction).
- Fasting blood glucose (FBG) decreased from 190.8 to 124.2 mg/dl.
- Postprandial blood glucose (PBG) decreased from 356.4 to 199.8 mg/dl.
- Triglycerides decreased from 100.5 to 79.2 mg/dl.
Berberine works by stimulating the uptake of glucose into cells, improving insulin sensitivity and reducing glucose production in the liver. A report published in the International Journal of Endocrinology has further expanded the role of berberin in the treatment of type 2 diabetes:
"BBR [Berberine] is used for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy (DPN), diabetic neuropathy (DN) and diabetic cardiomyopathy due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects".
How exactly does Berberine work?
Berberine activates a metabolic enzyme in body cells, also known as AMPK (adenosine monophosphate activating protein kinase). AMPK in turn regulates a variety of biological activities that normalise the lipid, glucose and energy imbalances in our organism. Think of AMPK as your main metabolic switch that you always want to turn 'ON'!
Metabolic syndrome, a precursor of diabetes, occurs when the AMPK switch is turned off, i.e. 'OFF'. The consequences are high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and fatigue. AMPK shifts the energy to the repair and maintenance of cells. The activation of LMPK has similar benefits for diabetes and the metabolic syndrome as exercise, diet and weight loss.