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Benefits of Berberine: Journey to Renewed Vitality

Benefits of Berberine: Journey to Renewed Vitality

In a world where health trends come and go, there’s a hidden gem that has been treasured for centuries in traditional medicine systems – Berberine.

The natural compound of berberine, found in various plants, has recently gained popularity in the health and wellness community due to its potential to transform lives.

Should you consider incorporating berberine into your daily routine for better health and vitality? Let’s read on to find out.

Berberine’s Traditional Legacy

Berberine’s story begins in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. This naturally occurring compound has been revered for its versatile healing properties for nearly 2,000 years.  

Berberine is a compound that’s extracted from plants like goldenseal, barberry, Oregon grape, tree turmeric, coptis, and phellodendron.   

Berberine’s golden-hued compound has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-enhancing properties. [1] 

Berberine has been used for generations to address a wide range of health issues. Its time-tested legacy is a testament to its effectiveness and safety.  

Berberine Nurtures Cardiovascular Health.

Your heart is at the core of your well-being, and berberine may play a pivotal role in supporting its health.  

Studies have shown that berberine can help reduce total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol.  

By promoting a healthy lipid profile, berberine could contribute to improved cardiovascular function and a reduced risk of heart disease. 

Picture of female torso with fingers forming a heart over the gut area.

Berberine as Gut Health Guardian.

The gut is often referred to as the “second brain” for a good reason. A healthy gut can influence your overall well-being, from digestion and nutrient absorption to immune function and mental health.  

Berberine has potent antimicrobial properties that can help create a harmonious balance of gut flora by reducing harmful bacteria. This restoration of gut health may enhance digestion, alleviate bloating, and promote a resilient immune system. [2,3] 

Berberine as Inflammation Tamer.

Chronic inflammation is associated with many health issues, including autoimmune diseases, arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer and heart disease.

Berberine has shown anti-inflammatory effects in studies, making it a promising candidate in the fight against inflammation. [4]

By countering oxidative stress and neutralizing free radicals, berberine may help reduce inflammation and its detrimental effects.

Berberine: A Boost for Brain Health. 

As we age, maintaining cognitive function becomes increasingly crucial. Berberine’s neuroprotective properties offer a glimmer of hope for preserving brain health.

Research indicates that this “wonder” compound may shield neurons from damage and even promote the growth of new brain cells, potentially delaying cognitive decline. [5]

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Berberine: An Antioxidant Powerhouse.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that wreak havoc on our cells, cause oxidative stress, and lead to premature aging and disease.  

Berberine acts as a potent antioxidant, neutralizing these harmful free radicals and providing a layer of protection for your body’s cells. With the help of berberine, you can fortify your body’s defenses against oxidative stress. 

Berberine for Balancing Blood Sugar Levels.

One of the most remarkable benefits of berberine lies in its ability to regulate blood sugar levels. For individuals struggling with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance, berberine can be a game-changer.

Research suggests that berberine enhances insulin sensitivity, facilitating the uptake of glucose into cells and effectively reducing blood sugar levels. [6,9]

Metformin is often used to treat metabolic disorders. An April 2023 study compared the effects of Metformin and berberine. [14]

They showed that Metformin and berberine had nearly identical effects on reducing fatty liver, inflammation and atherosclerosis. But berberine appeared to be superior over Metformin in alleviating hyperlipidemia and obesity.

Metformin got the edge for blood sugar in this study. But it should be pointed out that berberine is a natural product.

Berberine may help manage diabetes naturally and also mitigate the risk of developing this prevalent condition. When done in conjunction with a low-carb diet, you could expect to see even better results.

Female feet on a scale and the scale reading says “HELP!”

Embarking on a Weight-Loss Journey?

Berberine has received a lot of media attention as it gains momentum on social media as a weight loss supplement.  

Some are calling berberine “nature’s Ozempic,” a once-weekly injectable diabetes medication that has grown in popularity as a weight loss product. 

Research data shows that berberine helps regulate blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity, and may therefore help with weight loss. [6]  

The antimicrobial properties in berberine may help improve your gut microbiome, which plays a strong role in your ability to lose weight and maintain that weight loss. [3,7]  

Additionally, berberine has been linked to less fat accumulation in adipose tissues, making it a promising aid in weight management. [8] 

Ozempic comes with serious and common side effects including anxiety, confusion, depression, difficulty swallowing, nightmares, seizures, and slurred speech. [10] 

In addition to the physical side effects, the drug can have a significant impact on your bank account. According to GoodRx, a month’s prescription costs from $1,300 to $1,500.  

Anxiety, Depression and Drug Withdrawal

Berberine has also shown to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression.

This function may be related to low levels of AMPK, which is linked to mitochondrial dysfunction, neurodegeneration, and chronic inflammation. These lay the groundwork for a wide variety of serious chronic diseases. [11]

In addition, berberine has been shown to activate Sigma1 receptors – a subclass of opioid receptors that react to morphine and similar substances and inhibit glutamate, thereby improving anxiety and depression.

Sigma1 receptors play a role in oxidative stress, the functioning of your nervous system, and the survival of neurons… and as such are believed to influence neuropsychiatric problems. [5,12]

A 2012 study assessed berberine’s effect on not just depression and anxiety but also on the noradrenergic system. The study demonstrated that berberine could significantly reduce withdrawal-associated behaviors from morphine after the drug was discontinued. [13]

Supplement bottle turned sideways with 6 capsules laying in front of it.

Consider Berberine Supplementation

Since you probably won’t get sufficient berberine in the foods you eat, supplementation may be the way to go.  

Here are two options to consider that utilize our Liquid Protein Scaffold Technology™. This gets the polyphenol (berberine) into your system and cells quickly and makes it super bioavailable.  

ONCO-ADJUNCT™ Pathway 3™ 

Pathway 3™ one part of our Onco-Adjunct system. But because it uses  LPS™ technology and is so effective for a variety of body functions, many people take it strictly as a blood-sugar support.  

Glucose balance is a key to healthy living, and LPS™ technology enables the absorption of Berberine to maintain optimal blood glucose levels. 

UltraMetabolic™ — Blood sugar support 

Similar to Pathway 3™ — only with other Ayurvedic herbs known for blood sugar support added in – UltraMetabolic™ is a great blood sugar supporter to consider. It contains UltraBer™ berberine, UltraCür® curcumin, and a proprietary formula of ancient herbs.  

  • Supports insulin uptake, makes it more effective* 
  • Helps the body break down sugar within cells (glycolysis)* 
  • Reduces the liver’s rate of sugar production* 
  • Slows carbohydrate breakdown in the gut* 
  • Boosts beneficial gut bacteria*

*Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. 

Sources 

1.The New York Times, June 7, 2023 

2. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2011 

3. Gut Microbes, 2022  

4. New England Journal of Medicine, 2021 

5. News Max, January 25, 2017 

6. Frontiers in Nutrition, 2022; 9 Abstract 

7. Genes, 2018 

8. Science Daily, April 24, 2020 

9. Frontiers in Nutrition, 2022 

10. Drugs.com, Ozempic 

11. European Journal of Pharmacology, 2008 

12. Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, 2015 

13. Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 2012; 16(6) 

14. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37094549/ (viewed on 7/31/23)

THIS ENTRY WAS POSTED BY ADAM PAYNE

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