Berberine is an alkaloid extracted from Chinese plants. It is suggested as a supplement for anti inflation and acts to help people with diabetes. One of the main benefits of berberine is that it reduces the glucose production in the liver which has long term positive benefits for people with excess fat or sugar. It does this by being able to activate an enzyme called Adenosine Monophosphate-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) while inhibiting Protein-Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B).

In studies conducted, it was shown that using berberine as a supplement helped reduce sugar over the long term as opposed to other medications and supplements to which the body developed immunity. It has a beneficial impact on reducing hba1c which is the best indicator of diabetes.

It has also been shown to have a positive impact or improvement of your overall lipid profile. It does this by helping reduce LDL or bad cholesterol and reducing triglycerides. Further studies are required to validate this finding but initial research seems to validate this. This is unique to berberine as other supplements don’t seem to have an impact on your cholesterol or triglycerides.

Berberine has been shown to have transient adverse effects on approximately one third of the cohort. However longer term liver or kidney damage was not observed. As always, with any medication it is best to consult your doctor and use their expert advice before you use this as a supplement to control your Type 2 Diabetes. Please follow me on twitter @rbawri




Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.