In the 1980s, Chinese doctors made an amazing discovery. While using an ancient herbal medicine to treat diarrhea in a diabetic patient, they accidentally uncovered its power to considerably reduce and normalize his blood sugar (glucose) levels. They discovered the most successful type 2 diabetes treatment in the world and Chinese doctors have been using it ever since.
Why haven’t you heard of it?
Well, the drug companies and the mainstream media that relies on their advertising dollars have no incentive to promote an all-natural diabetes treatment that can’t be patented for profit and that anyone can buy for pennies per dose.
Today, I want to change all that. I want you to know about the powerful herb called berberine.
Not only does berberine fight diabetes, it can help you slim down, and protect you from heart disease and Alzheimer’s. So even if you don’t have diabetes, or don’t think you have a blood sugar problem, I still recommend it.
Truth is, we all have blood sugar issues to one degree or another. Our food is packed with sugar and sugar substitutes, and it’s a threat to you even if you never develop full-blown diabetes.
Over time, high blood-sugar levels damage the body’s tissues and organs, leading to serious complications, including heart and blood vessel disease; severe nerve, kidney, eye and foot damage; hearing impairment; and Alzheimer’s disease.
Most doctors try to lower blood sugar with the popular prescription drug metformin (the generic form of the patented drug Glucophage.) But metformin has a long list of nasty side effects, such as dizziness; fatigue; cardiovascular reactions, ears and throat; flu-like symptoms; diarrhea; anemia.1
Metformin has also been linked to lactic acidosis, a rare but deadly complication that proves fatal in 50% of cases.2
Thankfully, nature has given us a superior alternative in berberine.
Berberine is a plant phytonutrient extracted from a number of medicinal herbs, such as barberry and goldenseal. And its performance in human type 2 diabetes clinical trials has been simply amazing.
Berberine works in a few different ways.
- It decreases insulin resistance, making the blood sugar lowering hormone insulin more effective.
- It also increases glycolysis, helping the body break down sugars inside cells.
- It decreases sugar production in the liver.3
I’ve seen patients in my Wellness Center lower their blood sugar taking one 500 mg capsule two to three times a day with food. I usually prescribe berberine to patients on its own, but if you need extra help, you can safely add other minerals and nutrients that help control blood sugar like chromium, vanadium, or green coffee bean extract .
A dose of 1,000 mg to 1,500 mg is effective for most people, and that’s what the studies show as well. I wouldn’t go higher than that unless you speak with your doctor first.
One study of diabetic patients who took 1,000 mg of berberine per day lowered fasting blood sugar levels by more than 20%, from diabetic to normal levels.4 This same study also showed that berberine lowered hemoglobin A1c (a critical marker for long-term blood sugar levels) by 21%.
And a comprehensive scientific review of 14 different berberine studies revealed that it was as effective at treating type 2 diabetes as metformin, with one huge advantage: Berberine had no nasty side effects.5
Berberine is so potent, it may also?
- Lower your cholesterol;
- Trim down your waist size;
- Inhibit the growth of certain cancers;
- Lower homocysteine, a big risk factor for heart disease;
- Block the enzyme that zaps your testosterone.
This information has been provided by Al Sears, MD and Doctor’s House Call. For more information or to sign up for a free subscription, visit alsearsmd.com.
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3. Pang B, et al, Application of berberine on treating type 2 diabetes mellitus. Int J Endocrinol. 2015;2015:905749. doi: 10.1155/2015/905749. Epub 2015 Mar 11.
4. Zhang Y,et al, Treatment of type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia with the natural plant alkaloid berberine. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jul;93(7):2559-65. doi: 10.1210/jc.2007-2404. Epub 2008 Apr 8.
5. Hui Dong, et al. Berberine in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:591654. doi: 10.1155/2012/591654. Epub 2012 Oct 15.
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