What is Berberine?
Berberine is a compound that can be extracted from several different plants. It can be found in European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape, phellodendron, tree turmeric, and several other plants.
History of Berberine.
Berberine has had many uses throughout history. Most commonly as a dye and as a form of medicine. Because of the compounds strong yellow color, it is commonly used to dye clothing and is still used for this in some countries today. It also has a fluorescent yellow color under ultraviolet light. Because of this, it is used for staining certain cells in laboratories. It also has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine. From antibiotics, to cardiovascular health, it has several applications. The most common use for it now, is to help manage blood glucose and lipid levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
How does it work?
Berberine can have multiple effects on the body. It has been found that it is able to activate AMPK, an enzyme that effects our metabolism. It can also reduce insulin sensitivity which can be very beneficial, especially someone with type 2 diabetes. Several studies have found that the benefits of berberine include decreased insulin sensitivity, increased AMPK activation, improved LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, improved A1c levels, and even even improved gut bacteria. When compared to traditional medications for controlling blood sugar, it was found to be as effective as oral drugs such as metformin.
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