Q. Dear Terry, “At my husband’s last checkup he was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. He’s had high blood pressure, weight issues, and pre-diabetes for a few years. He doesn’t really like to go to the doctor or take pills. I convinced him to try something natural. What would be your top suggestion for him?”– Gabrielle K., South Fulton, GA
A. Dear Gabrielle, I think diet can make a huge impact on our overall health, especially when it comes to metabolism. I believe it’s important to restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. Some additional diet resources include: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. Your husband should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
When it comes to metabolic syndrome, berberine is one of my favorite choices for dealing with blood sugar, blood pressure, increased weight, and other metabolic health issues. Berberine is a botanical compound extracted from a plant source, just as curcumin is extracted from turmeric. In clinical research, berberine helped lower weight, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels. A separate clinical trial showed that berberine helped lower fasting and postprandial (after a meal) blood sugar levels. These effects occurred in the very beginning of the study and during the entire three-month study period. The results were similar to the group treated with metformin, a drug frequently used for type 2 diabetes. Berberine also helps with vasodilation, which is a huge benefit for lowering blood pressure. Another study demonstrated that berberine reduced triglyceride numbers by 35 percent – in just three months!
I prefer berberine that comes from the bark and root of Indian Barberry (Berberis aristata). I would take 500 mg of berberine three times per day, or with each meal. There are also enhanced absorption methods for berberine, like the plant-based absorption enhancer, called gamma cyclodextrin. Gamma cyclodextrin has a strong track record in improving bioavailability. I would take 250 mg of berberine with gamma cyclodextrin once per day. Regardless of which berberine you choose, I would stick with it for at least three months.
Terry . . . Naturally
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