Berberine – what is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Berberine – what is it and why is everyone talking about it?

What is Berberine?

Berberine is a natural alkaloid compound found in plants. The chemical has been found to have many potential benefits within the body.

What are the Benefits of Berberine?

Reduce Blood Sugar:
May help to reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, especially with type 2 diabetes.
Increases Glycolysis

Help weight loss:
Berberine also appears to inhibit the growth of fat cells at the molecular level, which could help promote weight loss

Lowers Cholesterol:
Berberine could help; Lower total cholesterol, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, Lower blood triglycerides and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Reduce risk of heart disease:
Due to the reduction of cholesterol, berberine may reduce your risk of heart disease.

How does it work?

Berberine works by activating an enzyme called AMP-activated protein Kinase (AMPK), which plays a role in regulating metabolism and cellular energy production. The enzyme is found in cells across the body. Berberine affects various other molecules inside cells and also can help protect against chronic conditions as it may even affect which genes are turned on or off.

What foods are rich in Berberine?

The alkaloid Berberine is found in roots and rhizomes of various plants.
Examples of these plants include:

  • Barberry
  • Oregon grape
  • Goldenseal
  • Tree turmeric

Who can take the Supplement & how much should be taken?

This wonder supplement can be taken under the advice of your doctor (not recommended during pregancy). The dosing is usually between 0.4-1.5 grams orally daily.

What does the Levitas Clinic Offer?

At the Levitas Clinic we offer Berberine oral supplements (capsules) which can be taken one to two capsules at a time, once or twice daily.

For more information, book a consultation with one of our doctors or send us an enquiry!

 

June 29th, 2023

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