Today I’m going to quickly talk about Berberine and supporting healthy blood sugar levels:
- How It Works
- The Benefits
- Optimal Dosages
- Warnings & Side Effects
- How To Make It Work Better & Remove Potential Negatives
How Does It Work?
One of the main actions of berberine is to activate an enzyme inside cells called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK).
This enzyme is sometimes referred to as a “metabolic master switch”.
It is found in the cells of various organs, including the brain, muscles, kidneys, heart, and liver. This enzyme plays a major role in regulating metabolism.
Berberine also affects various other molecules inside cells, and may even affect which genes are turned on or off.
What Are The Benefits
Berberine does help with weight loss and promoting healthy cholesterol levels.
However, the main benefit or the reason people take berberine is for supporting healthy blood sugar levels.
It seems to work via multiple different mechanisms:
- Decreases insulin resistance, making insulin more effective.
- Increases glycolysis, which helps the body break down sugars inside cells.
- Decrease sugar production in the liver.
- Slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the gut.
- It even increases the number of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Based on various studies covered in the video (links below), berberine promotes healthy fasting blood sugar levels by 20% and long-term results by 12%.
It’s also been shown to work similarly to prescription medications, which is another bonus.
Most importantly, berberine works even better with other blood sugar-supporting herbs, which I’ll cover below.
Of course, a healthy lifestyle takes precedence over everything, which I’m sure you already know.
Dosage & Side Effects
Even though it’s a natural herbal supplement, it still has negative side effects and many times, as with everything, it’s dose-related.
The effective dose is between 500 to 1500 mg daily. If taken at a higher dose, it should be spread throughout the day. For example, 500 mg, 2 or 3x daily.
It should be taken about 30 minutes before a carbohydrate-containing meal.
Obviously, the higher the dose, the more effective it is. However, the higher dosages also have digestive related side-effects such as:
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- General stomach pain
My suggestion is to start with 500 mg daily for a couple of weeks and see how you feel, before taking a higher dose.
But, there are ways to make it more effective and not have any extra negative effects.
How To Make It Work Better & Safer
If you utilize a specific few, sugar-optimizing herbs together, you get much better results, but without the negatives of a higher dose of just ONE ingredient.
Thus, stacking or using Berberine with other clinically researched ingredients, such as:
- Cinnamon extract
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
- Bitter Melon Extract
- Banaba Leaf Extract
- Vanadyl Sulfate
- A few key vitamins and minerals
Promotes healthy blood sugar control and even better results… but without any of the negative side effects.
Of course, taking each of these individually is going to be a hassle, inconvenient and expensive.
However, the good news is that there are a couple of products that utilize berberine with these other compounds in ONE easy convenient pill.
I use Blood Sugar Optimizer, which contains all these ingredients, in scientifically researched dosages and forms, so you can get the best results with the lowest side effects.
Remember, all of this should be utilized with an improved lifestyle — more natural foods, daily exercise, and stress reduction.