Type-2 diabetics, cholesterol reducing, weight loss with Berberine
by Jonathan Landsman
We know there are many foods, herbs and spices designed to balance blood sugar and prevent diabetes. Yet, western medicine ignores this reality by promoting the use of life-threatening conventional diabetes medication.
Western medicine must catch up with good science. There are studies which show that a natural plant alkaloid – berberine – is as effect as the diabetic drug metformin. Berberine is an alkaloid, which is present in a number of plants, including barberry,oregon grape and goldenseal.
A major problem with commonly used diabetic drugs
Metformin is commonly the first tablet advised if your blood glucose level is not controlled by lifestyle measures alone. Most conventionally-trained doctors think metformin is particularly useful if you are overweight – as it is less likely than some other glucose-lowering tablets to cause weight gain.
A sulfonylurea tends to be used if you cannot take metformin (perhaps because of side-effects), or if you are not overweight. These include gliclazide, glimepiride and glipizide. And, these drugs work by increasing the amount of insulin that your pancreas can produce.
Diabetic drugs lead to weight gain
A noticeable effect of extra serum insulin results in a constant hunger state, which results in overeating leading to more body fat. Fat causes greater amounts of insulin to be secreted from the pancreases – which causes hyperinsulinemia.
The toxic role of excess insulin is noted in virtually every age-related disease. This has been corroborated by numerous studies. One known effect is weight gain, which leads to becoming insulin resistant and to rely on a greater quantity of insulin augmenting drugs.
Simply put, aging, poor diet plus other factors deprive cells of insulin sensitivity – especially in type-1 diabetics. Loss of insulin sensitivity contributes to excess insulin release as the body seeks to force serum glucose into cells.
Is berberine better than diabetic drugs?
Studies show that berberine can lower glucose levels as well as metaformin. Compared with metformin, berberine exhibited an identical effect in the regulation of glucose metabolism in both fasting insulin and postprandial insulin.
In the regulation of lipid metabolism it has been found that berberine activity is better than metformin. It was shown to lower triglycerides and total cholesterol significantly.
What is the history of berberine?
Berberine has been used for more than 2,500 years in both Aryuvedic and Chinese medicine, because of its wide range of healthful effects including cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. It acts against bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasites, fungal infections and Canadida albicans.
Surprisingly, berberine has demonstrated an anti-obesity effect in numerous studies. In fact, berberine reduces the size and number of fat cells within the body.
In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, patients recently diagnosed with diabetes and cholesterol/triglyceride abnormalities but hadn’t yet started on medication took either 500 mg of berberine or a placebo capsule twice a day.
After three months, berberine supplementation not only significantly lowered blood sugar but also triglycerides (35.9 percent), LDL cholesterol (21 percent), and total cholesterol (18 percent) – compared to minimal declines in cholesterol and an increase in triglycerides in the control group.
In addition, the group taking berberine had lower blood pressure and modest weight and abdominal fat loss.
Why is barbering so effective?
Berberine acts through several mechanisms, including mimicking insulin, improving insulin action and reducing insulin resistance and up-regulation of insulin receptor expression. Collaboration between Chinese, Korean, and Australian scientists at Sydney’s Garvan Institute indicates berberine is helpful in treating diabetes.
The research indicates, in animal models, that berberine acts in part by activating an enzyme in the muscle and liver that is involved in improving sensitivity of the tissue to insulin. This in turn helps lower blood sugar levels.
A better way to balance blood sugar
Weight loss alone can reverse both pre-diabetes and even type-2 diabetes. Published in the journal Phytomedicine, a recent study from South Dakota researchers found that berberine helped people lose weight – safely and effectively. Berberine was found to increase the “expression” (number and activity) of insulin receptors. The increase in number and activity of course enables the same amount of insulin to be more effective than before.
Naturally, there are many ways to regulate (normalize) blood sugar in type-2 diabetics – including an organic diet of whole (fresh) foods; moderate exercise; nutritional supplementation – especially magnesium and vitamin C plus the use of herbs and spices. Don’t ignore the health dangers associated with blood sugar imbalances – your quality of life depends on it.
Hope this helps,