After the Vitamin C and Soreness post, I got a lot of questions about the main subject, but I was surprised no one at my Timonium personal training gym commented on one of the asides.
When I mentioned my “Always-On-Hand Supplements (D2+K, Berberine, Garlic, and Vitamin C)” I keep on a kitchen shelf, you probably asked yourself:
What’s the deal with “Berberine?”
Berberine has been scientifically proven to reduce insulin resistance (same as “increase insulin sensitivity,” of course), and improve markers of type II diabetes such as fasting glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C).
Additional evidence suggests Berberine can help:
- Reduce waist circumference
- Reduce waist-to-hip ratio
- Lower total cholesterol
- Lower triglycerides, and possibly
- Increase HDL-cholesterol (the “good” one) to a small degree
The standard dose of berberine is 900-2,000mg a day with meals and divided into three to four doses.
Yes, numerous studies have shown Berberine to be as effective as the popular drug, Metformin, but …
NO – do NOT consider this to be a replacement for any medication your doctor has prescribed for you.
My experience is that Berberine brands are virtually the same. Usually, Berberine Plus from Doctor Recommended Supplements is my pick based on price and the dosage I prefer.
Let me know how it goes for you.