Berberine is a naturally occurring compound found in a variety of plants.
It has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a variety of health concerns, but modern research is suggesting it may be useful in managing blood sugar levels for patients with diabetes.
How Does Berberine Affect Blood Sugar?
Diabetes is defined and diagnosed by blood sugar levels.
When blood sugar is on the rise, diabetes is said to be progressing and getting worse.
If blood sugar numbers are coming down, diabetes is said to be improving and can even go into remission.
There are a number of different ways in which Berberine may have positive impacts on diabetes:
- increasing insulin sensitivity in the cells
- improving insulin production in the pancreas
- reducing glucose production in the liver
- slowing the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates in the gut
One meta-study even concluded that berberine may even be as effective as some common blood sugar medications!¹
How Much Should You Take?
There isn't any currently established dosage for berberine, but most of the studies done on berberine used between 750mg - 1500mg per day.
If taken as a loose powder berberine has a bitter and somewhat unpleasant taste, so most people who use berberine opt to consume it in capsule form.
Because of its effectiveness in clinical trials we actually made berberine one of the main ingredients in our Blood Sugar Support formula.
Of course it's always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new supplement, especially if you're already taking medications to lower your blood sugar.
So if you're looking to your improve blood sugar levels naturally, consider giving berberine a try. It just might be that magic pill you've been looking for!