In today’s video, you will learn about the benefits of berberine and why you should use it.
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Widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for millennia, berberine is used today as a supplement and can help regulate blood sugar and improve heart health. Did you know that?
Berberine is a natural phytotherapeutic extracted from the roots, stalks, rhizomes, and bark of Phellodendron chinense and Rhizoma coptidis.
Easily found as a capsule supplement, berberine has the following benefits:
Improves gut microbiota
Berberine has an antimicrobial effect and inhibits the proliferation of harmful bacteria in the intestine. It also favors the multiplication of beneficial bacteria, improving intestinal transit, protecting the intestine, and producing substances that regulate glycemia.
Studies in animals who took berberine supplements showed that this phytotherapeutic helped in the production of a molecule that carries sugar from blood to the inside of cells, lowering glycemia. It works similarly to some medications used in diabetes control, and berberine can be used to potentialize this effect. Talk to your doctor to learn the right way of using berberine.
Studies show that berberine can potentialize the hypoglycemiant effect of these medications. However, we can’t say for sure that berberine is as efficient as, or more than, metformin, the most used medication for diabetic people. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor beforehand.
Helps with weight loss
Berberine increases the cells’ energy production, stimulating both fat burning and fat distribution in the body. Isn’t it cool?
Besides helping with weight loss, berberine also has good results in the reduction of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, helping prevent cardiovascular diseases. When combined with medication and a balanced diet, it also helps increase HDL, the good cholesterol.
Protects the brain
Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory effect, berberine protects the brain against issues like memory loss and Alzheimer’s and reduces the after-effects of stroke in the brain cells.
How to consume berberine?
Generally, the recommended dose is 500 mg of berberine 3 times a day, always 30 minutes before the main meals.
However, the treatment can be done with up to 1,500 mg of berberine before each meal.
Talk to your doctor and nutritionist before starting.
Berberine is safe for consumption but, in excess, it can have side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and gas.
It is contraindicated to pregnant and nursing women as it can cause changes in the uterine structure and can be passed through breast milk.
Besides these benefits, other studies are being done with berberine about its use against cancer and blood pressure control.