The health benefits of berberine are:
• Against Diabetes
• Lowers cholesterol
• Fights depression
• Natural anti-cancer
• Against heart failure
• Reduces liver fat
• Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
• Regenerates the intestinal flora
• Helps in sustainable weight loss
• Against Infections
In this article, see what are the benefits of berberine beyond type II diabetes.
Already used for more than 2500 years in the Chinese pharmacopoeia and in Ayurvedic medicine (in India), this plant extract is increasingly put in the form of food supplements.
Berberine is an alkaloid. An alkaloid is an organic substance with a chemical and alkaline character coming from certain plant species. Berberine is therefore an alkaloid extracted from certain plants. These are for example:
Like all alkaloids (cocaine, caffeine, morphine, theine ...), berberine in its natural state can be a poison for its consumer.
Berberine and cardiovascular disease
Berberine not only lowers blood sugar but also blood lipids. Blood cholesterol, fat carried in the blood, is important for the production of steroid hormones in your body.
But like any excess harms, the excess of blood cholesterol will cause a deposit of plaques in the arteries. The walls of the arteries are very thin and will therefore become clogged easily preventing or severely limiting blood flow to the heart. This very often leads to cardiovascular disease.
Berberine, as we have seen above, stimulates the action of the APKM enzyme (Adenosine Mono phosphate activated protein Kinase) in the transformation of food (glucose and lipids) into cellular energy.
In this same study (cited above) carried out in China by American and Chinese researchers and published on the American site NCBI, the doctors also closely watched the action of LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the blood.
First on patients not consuming berberine and then on patients consuming berberine. It has been observed that LDL-cholesterol decreases sharply under the action of berberine.
Berberine indeed melts the clusters of cholesterol in the arteries.
The researchers deduced from this study that berberine considerably reduced bad cholesterol.
Berberine also lowers triglycerides and generally lowers blood cholesterol levels. It is therefore a substance that considerably reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Berberine and type II diabetes
Berberine is little known to Western medicine. However, it is known and valued by traditional medicines in China and India. How can berberine help treat type 2 diabetes?
In fact this molecule (berberine) promotes the activation of the APKM enzyme (Adenosine Mono phosphate activated protein Kinase) manufactured by the body. The APKM enzyme is the regulator of basic metabolism (2).
It generates and accelerates chemical reactions in the body. It is therefore a very important element in your metabolism. As for berberine, it stimulates the action of the APKM enzyme (Adenosine Mono phosphate activated protein Kinase) in the body.
By thus stimulating the enzyme produced by the body, berberine allows a better transformation and conversion of food (lipids and glucose) into cellular energy in your organism.
In type 2 diabetes, people have insulin resistance, which prevents cells from absorbing glucose from the blood. By consuming berberine extracts, cells take in more glucose.
Moreover, insulin sensitivity is greatly reduced. Not to mention that the consumption of berberine significantly reduces the production of glucose by the liver.
In a study carried out in China on 84 adult patients, researchers demonstrated the positive effects of berberine only in 3 months on patients who consumed berberine.
For the group of patients who consumed metformin, the observed patient health outcomes were quite slow.
You wonder how this was not known earlier. Well it is a question of big money at stake. Indeed, the pharmaceutical industries refuse to face the truth.
Several joint studies have shown the action of berberine on patients with type 2 diabetes. It works much better than metformin. In addition, berberine has no side effects unlike metformin.
You can easily understand that this will completely disrupt the pharmaceutical business.
In the United States, Doctor Julian Whitaker swears by this plant extract. He recommends it to patients and has been treating his own patients with berberine for decades. He also fights for the recognition of this molecule and its popularization in the pharmaceutical industry.
A powerful antifungal
Your intestinal flora is populated with good bacteria for its balance. These are for example: bifidobacteria and others. These bacteria are very important for a good immune system (5).
They also help in the assimilation of certain vitamins in the body. In addition, they purify the body of toxins and wastes that the body consumes. These good bacteria exist in significant quantities when we are in good health.
However, an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the intestinal flora can develop and lead to the elimination of good bacteria. Our balance is then threatened (we speak of dysbiosis). These fungi and yeasts such as Candida albicans are harmful to the intestinal flora. Hence the use of this powerful natural antifungal.
Dysbiosis usually results from lactose intolerance, consumption of certain antibiotics and drugs in general.
You can also have dysbiosis when you have an unbalanced diet, when you hastily consume your meals, have an intolerance to certain plants ...
Candida albicans are a very common cause of infection that also create a lot of problems related to the digestive tract.
Ayurvedic medicine (in India) uses plants with a high concentration of berberine to treat candida albicans and in general any problem related to digestion.
Indeed the action of berberine on the enzyme APKM (Adenosine Mono phosphate activated protein Kinase), regulator of the system makes it possible to cure and prevent digestive disorders.
An interesting extract for weight loss
You guessed it from the start. Berberine has a destructive effect on fats. Not only at the level of the fats which are stored around your arteries.
But also against the fats which crystallize in your abdomen and in other tissues. It stimulates APKM (Adenosine Mono phosphate activated protein Kinase) to transform lipids and glucose into cellular energy.
By multiplying the action of this enzyme in the body, berberine accelerates the dissolution of lipids in the body in general.
In this study conducted in March 2012, people suffering from obesity were given berberine extracts for 3 months.
The dose was 300g to be consumed three times a day. The researchers were able to detect that berberine inhibited the action of lipids at the abdominal level, preventing them from crystallizing.
This led to the conclusion that berberine can be used to reduce the problems of obesity and overweight.
Berberine organic and hypertension
The strength of berberine is its action on APKM which is related to the immune system in general. By influencing this fairly sensitive enzyme, berberine causes reactions at several levels of the body.
People with high blood pressure can also take berberine supplements to lower their blood pressure.
In a published study of 330 patients over 12 weeks, berberine was shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure. The subjects not consuming berberine did not see their case improve.
While those consuming berberine have seen their case improve. But first, it is wiser to talk to your doctor.
Uses and counter-uses of berberine
The berberine extract that we recommend organic is yellow in color and has a bitter taste.
Considering the chemical effects of berberine which is sometimes a poison, I advise you not to consume large quantities of plants containing it.
The dose of berberine to consume in a day varies between 500mg-2000mg for best effects. This dose should not be taken all at once. But rather in small doses during the day.
Due to its effect on lipids and glucose in the body, it is best to consume berberine with meals or just before. Indeed it acts better during meals.
In addition, excessive consumption of berberine can lead to diarrhea, stomach cramps. It is the same if you consume it without meals.
Berberine is hypoglycemic. Heavy berberine intake can therefore lead to hypoglycemia. So ask your doctor for advice if you want to use it in your treatments.
30% of people with diabetes go through depression and 10% have major depression.
Diabetes and depression: the risk factors
Depression is defined as a state of permanent sadness with loss of interest and pleasure in activities usually enjoyed.
Different factors or conditions predispose the patient to develop depression:
Be a woman or a teenager;
Being isolated or in a state of social insecurity;
Have poorly controlled diabetes or complications;
Suffer from diabetes for a long time.
The announcement of the disease is also a crucial moment. The patient has to mourn his “normal” life. He can go through a phase of astonishment then of revolt and, finally, a depressive state.
Depression and diabetes: the gear
Depression causes fatigue and demotivation. It may be responsible for the patient's disinvestment for treatment, or for the consumption of alcohol or tobacco. The complications which follow aggravate the diabetes, plunging the patient into an even deeper depression.
To know ! Depression itself promotes diabetes: the risk of developing diabetes is doubled when depression and predisposition to diabetes are associated.
Berberine helps fight depression effectively.