Berberine: From Promoting Weight Loss to a Stronger Immune System

—What Can’t This Amazing Superherb Do?

Do you feel like no matter what you do to lose weight, your metabolism won’t cooperate? You try to “eat healthy” and exercise, but that hasn’t stopped a steady and noticeable increase in pounds and inches.

Revving up your metabolism is critical to weight management, and boosting your metabolism starts with balancing how your body processes sugar. But many of us have a compromised ability to process everyday sugar consumption, which can lead to insulin resistance. If you suffer from insulin resistance, when this hormone that allows your body to turn sugar into energy comes knocking, instead of letting it in, your cells slam their doors shut. And if sugar can’t efficiently move from the blood into the cell matrix, it can become trapped as fat.

Many people associate blood sugar problems with diabetes, but the truth is that blood sugar imbalances are much more common than that, affecting more than 1 in 3 Americans, according to the CDC. Worse yet, many of those affected don’t know that their body’s capacity to properly metabolize sugar has gone haywire…

Because they write off the symptoms as “normal”

From weight gain and bloat, to brain fog, fatigue and even blurred vision, the—signs of inefficient blood sugar metabolism are too often chalked up to a bad night of sleep, everyday stress or as an inevitable part of aging. If left unchecked, these symptoms can spiral into long-term and problematic cardiovascular problems, mood and sleep troubles, and a compromised immune system.

The good news is that millions of people around the world have reported being released from the clutches of insulin resistance with a natural plant compound that takes effect remarkably quickly, stabilizing mood swings… melting away pounds and inches... curbing food cravings… and helping you simply feel better and more energetic.

Berberine to the Rescue

Berberine – a powerful antioxidant herb with centuries of documented use – has been shown to be a powerful ally for those looking to promote weight loss, balance blood sugar, strengthen immunity and improve overall health. I include this powerful alkaloid as part of my daily wellness regimen because it has been scientifically shown to:

  • Improve insulin sensitivity and balance blood sugar levels
  • Power up the “metabolic master-switch” known as AMPK
  • Support the immune system and increase vitamin D absorption
  • Enhance internal cleansing by supporting liver, kidney and pancreas functions
  • Balance cholesterol
  • Balance hormones related to hunger, satiety and metabolism

It’s not a stretch to say that almost every single health benefit of berberine is traced to its incredible ability to help your body process sugar more efficiently.

Supplementing with berberine has been clinically shown to increase insulin sensitivity, allowing the body to efficiently process sugar. In fact, it can lower blood-sugar levels with more than double the efficacy of other conventional solutions. Researchers reported a 20% reduction in fasting glucose and a 26% drop on the 2-hour glucose tolerance test among the group taking 1,000 mg of Berberine daily for three months.

But berberine doesn’t only help balance blood sugar levels, it helps balance harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides as well—two more major risk factors for serious health issues.

In one study participants reported that 1,000 mg daily for three months led to a remarkable 25% drop in dangerous LDL cholesterol and a 35% drop in triglycerides—with no side effects.

So how does berberine work so amazingly well at the cellular level to support your health?

Activating AMPK Revs Up Your Metabolism to Melt Belly Fat

The enzyme 5' AMP-activated protein kinase, also known as AMPK, is a “metabolic master switch” that turns on metabolism and helps your body process sugar. Berberine has been shown to flip AMPK into action, turning on thermogenesis to encourage the body to burn more fat and  help block the formation and growth of new fat cells.

Plus, berberine helps the body shrink fat by helping to regulate and harmonize the hormones that affect how the body processes and stores fat. This is particularly beneficial for controlling dangerous fat deposits that accumulate in the midsection.

Several analyses have shown that individuals with decreased AMPK activity have increased belly fat deposits compared to those with healthy activated levels. And in several clinical trials, berberine was shown to decrease body mass index and waist circumference markedly.

But there is another reason that I recommend taking a therapeutic dose of berberine every day.

Berberine Offers a Unique One-Two (Three!) Punch for Immunity

As we approach cold and flu season—amid a pandemic, no less—it’s important to note the three ways that berberine helps protect the immune system and helps fight many common seasonal viruses, making it a smart and timely addition to anyone’s supplement regimen. 

The first is through sugar balance. It’s common knowledge that excess sugar intake negatively impacts blood sugar levels, but we now know that even small amounts of sugar are detrimental to our internal body armor. According to one study, just a teaspoon of sugar was shown to reduce white blood cell activity by 40%, impairing the immune system for up to five hours.

Secondly, berberine supports immunity where it starts—in the gut. It curbs the growth of “bad bacteria” in the gastrointestinal tract while protecting good bacteria that aids in proper digestion, which in turn promotes a healthy immune function.

In a third blow to pathogens and other infectious threats, berberine improves the body’s utilization of immunity-boosting vitamin D. While your body can create and store vitamin D, it’s only as good as your body’s ability to absorb and use it.

Berberine has been shown to increase the number of vitamin D receptors; one study found it helps boost vitamin D utilization levels by as much as 60%!

And right now it is more critical than ever to make sure your immune system is strong and able to fight off everyday threats to your health.

Berberine Also Works to Eliminate Harmful Toxins

In Chinese medicine, berberine has long been used to help eliminate toxins and aid the liver and kidneys in the body’s natural cleansing process. When these critical detox organs are not functioning optimally, metabolic byproducts and other waste can accumulate and wreak havoc on our health.

But berberine’s antioxidant powers are known to combat oxidative stress in these purifying organs, according to a study. It also revealed that berberine can powerfully support the pancreas, the organ responsible for producing important digestive enzymes needed to absorb nutrients properly, as well as the insulin needed to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

How to take advantage of berberine’s powerful health benefits

Berberine is derived from a class of bitter shrubs, so it’s not readily available through food, and certainly not at a concentration level that offers significant health benefits, which is why a supplement is the best way to experience its power. Based on the multiple studies cited in this article, research indicates that 1,000-1,500 mg of purified berberine per day is the most effective and therapeutic dose. Also, health experts recommend that you spread your doses throughout the day, preferably taking one serving of berberine with each meal.

I recommend that you supplement with berberine for three months, and then have your lab results evaluated – especially your blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels – to check your progress. And along with improvement in these key health indicators, by the time of this 3-month “check-in” you should also be experiencing a noticeable reduction in pounds and inches as well.

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