Common questions

What is berberine used for?

What is berberine used for?

Berberine is most commonly taken for diabetes, high levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia), and high blood pressure. It is also used for burns, canker sores, liver disease, and many other conditions but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.

Is berberine safe to take long term?

For decades it has been a well-researched herbal treatment for intestinal infections, like Giardia, but it came with the warning to avoid long-term use due to the potential undesirable and antimicrobial effect in the gut. Significant gastrointestinal side effects are well documented with berberine extract studies.

How do you lose weight with berberine?

It is common to take 500 mg, 3 times per day, before meals (a total of 1500 mg per day). Berberine has a half-life of several hours, so it is necessary to spread your dosage to several times per day to achieve stable blood levels.

Does berberine really work?

Research has shown that berberine may work as a diabetes treatment. Studies have found that it can have positive effects on blood sugar, triglycerides, and insulin. One meta-analysis indicated that berberine was better than a placebo at lowering blood sugar.

Is berberine good for weight loss?

Weight Loss While berberine is not a magic weight-loss pill, it may help people with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 lose weight. Two studies have shown that taking a berberine supplement over the course of three months results in significant weight loss.

Can berberine cause weight loss?

Can turmeric and berberine be taken together?

Interestingly, a combination of curcumin and berberine has proven to be more effective in inhibiting growth and proliferation of cancer in the liver, breast, lung, bone and blood.

What foods contain berberine?

Berberine is a compound in several plants, including goldenseal, barberry, Oregon grape, and tree turmeric.

How much berberine should I take daily?

When taking berberine for blood sugar management, the typical dose is 400mg to 500mg taken once, twice, or three times per day. Avoid taking more than 500mg of berberine in a single dose. Higher doses of berberine taken at a single time have been linked with upset stomachs, cramping, and diarrhea.

When should you take berberine?

To receive the maximum beneficial effect we recommend you take your Berberine 20-30 minutes prior to a meal, 2 to 3 times daily. However, Berberine like many supplements can cause an upset stomach and you may find it easier on your stomach to take it immediately after your meal.

What is the best berberine supplement?

5 Best Berberine Supplements To Try 1. Mom’s Metabolic Naturals Berberine 2. Dr. Whitaker’s Berberine+ GlucoDefense Supplement with Berberine 3. Designs for Health Berberine 4. Pure Encapsulations – Metabolic Xtra 5. Douglas Laboratories – Berberine Balance

Where can I find berberine?

Berberine is a yellow alkaloid found in goldenseal root, barberry bark, Oregon grape root, and coptis (goldthread) root.