Berberine is a bright yellow bioactive compound (known as a polyphenol) present in some herbs and spices.
Emerging research has shown berberine may have the potential to have glucose lowering effects. This research is mainly based on type 2 diabetes, I recommend reading this article to find out more.
Berberine could potentially stimulate glycolysis. This means more glucose is put into storage rather than remaining in the blood (causing hyperglycaemia).
Berberine is also thought to increase insulin sensitivity in people with newly diagnosed pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. This could be promising in helping blood sugar control and reducing complications.
I also want to highlight that there is no magic pill or nutrient which will ‘cure’ any form of diabetes. It is important to remember the best health outcomes are achieved when we use lifestyle modifications alongside any potential medication options. Health is multi-factorial!
Berberine in the diet
The easiest way to consume berberine in the diet is to steep 2 tsp of dried goldenseal in a mug of hot water. Have this twice a day.
Goldenseal can be tricky to get hold of so most people opt for a berberine supplement. I’m not the biggest supplement advocate, so I would talk to your healthcare provider before buying any form of supplement.
*Be aware that taking berberine supplements could significantly interact with any form of glucose lowering medication. Please do not take anything without speaking to a healthcare professional first, as it increases the risk of dangerous hypoglycaemia.
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