The natural element berberine is a plant alkaloid that was used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for its immune and digestive benefits, but otherwise berberine isn’t well known. It can be derived from the roots and bark of several herbs including barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, and Oregon grape.
This amazing herbal element targets an essential regulator of the metabolism: AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK for short). This enzyme is the key to the “fight or flight” response our bodies have in times of stress. When berberine activates AMPK, it clicks into action three different ways:
It’s hard to find berberine as a single-ingredient supplement, and it’s harder still to find a berberine supplement that contains the dose I recommend—the 1,500 mg research level. When I began recommending Berberine to my patients and newsletter readers, the phones started ringing off the hook at the Whitaker Wellness Institute—everyone wanted to take it, but many were having trouble finding a 1,500 mg product. That’s when I decided to develop my own Berberine supplement so that my patients could get it in the right strength, safely and affordably.
When one of my supplements is designated Clinical Grade, it means it contains a single premium ingredient in the ideal dosage and form, with substantial human clinical data supporting its effectiveness. It’s always superior quality and highly recommended by me. This is the case with Berberine and for a growing number of my supplements.
If your fasting blood glucose level is not in the healthy range, this is a golden opportunity for you to get your blood sugar under control and “nip it in the bud” now. By all means, take Berberine and look forward to improved blood glucose levels, but please don’t overlook the importance of educating yourself about carbohydrate intake and other key issues. With luck and Berberine, you may never have to worry about your blood sugar.
It depends upon the individual, but you may start to see positive effects after about 2 weeks, although it takes longer for many people. I recommend taking Berberine for at least 3 months in order to give it a chance to take full effect, and then you’ll want to stay on it so that you continue to enjoy its benefits.
Berberine is a very recent discovery in the world of blood sugar management, so your doctor may not be familiar with it—but he or she should be impressed by the studies on berberine’s effectiveness. (Please don’t let your doctor dismiss this effective, natural solution without due consideration.)
The usual 1,500 mg dose of Berberine is very well tolerated by most folks. A few people experience mild constipation at first, in which case they should take a lower dose temporarily, giving their body time to adjust. Typically this clears up over time and the full recommended amount of Berberine can be taken.
I recommend one capsule (500 mg) of Berberine three times daily, just before each major meal.
Lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your blood sugar, so I recommend that you learn the basics about carbohydrate intake and make a point of getting regular exercise, both of which are major players in blood sugar health. By learning to avoid foods that spike your blood sugar, and taking a healthy walk every day or two, you may be able to make a surprising difference in your blood glucose level. And be sure to add Berberine to your game plan.
Typically my patients are struggling with more than one health concern, and among the most frequent combinations I see is the “dastardly duo” of cardiovascular and blood sugar concerns. That’s one reason I’m so enthusiastic about the potential of Berberine to help with both of these issues at once—safely, naturally, and inexpensively.