Berberine: The Plant Alkaloid that Treats Diabetes & Digestive Problems

Berberine: The Plant Alkaloid that Treats Diabetes & Digestive Problems

As the rate of diabetes is rising steadily around the world, studies are showing that berberine deserves a place amongst other natural remedies for diabetes. During one study, berberine was found to lower blood glucose, helping to prevent and treat type II diabetes and its complications, including diabetic cardiovascular disease and diabetic neuropathies.

One of the most impressive studies on berberine compared taking 500 milligrams of the compound two to three times daily for three months with taking the common diabetes drug metformin. Berberine was able to control blood sugar and lipid metabolism as effectively as metformin, with researchers describing berberine as a “potent oral hypoglycemic agent.”

Additional studies have also indicated that berberine improves glucose and lipid metabolism disorders. More particularly, a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine that berberine can improve insulin sensitivity by adjusting adipokine secretion.


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  • Interesting, however not to be taken lightly as there can be serious interactions with other meds:

    Berberine/ Metformin? Why not change the diet that caused the T2 in the first place?

  • Without diet nothing will work....even insulin.....

    But thank you very much.... serious inter Action.....does this means Action??? :P

  • Is it tree turmeric?

  • What is berberin and what is it's botanical name and where it is available? thanks

  • Berberine: The Plant Alkaloid derived for Daruharidra – Berberis aristata

  • This matter was discussed at length in our forum & elaborate postings are available on this subject.

  • is there any homeopathic berberine avilable in market swas

  • Berberis Vulgaris is the homeopathic medicine. Hypoglycaemic effects & beneficial effects in reducing serum cholesterol & serum triglycerides of this herb is well recorded. Berbers has 190 species & what has been discussed here seems to be a different one. In Indian Ayurveda, Vulgaris does not figure & I have come across and used Homeopathic form of Berberis Vulgaris, though for a different requirement & not for diabetic control. In homeopathy, Berberis Aquifolium & Berberis Aristata are other two prominent Berberis group of remedies used for cure of other than diabetic symptoms.

  • But it is very effectively used in urinary infectons and Berberis Aquifolium is recommended in acne .

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