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I have high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and some extra pounds around my abdomen.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and some extra pounds around my abdomen. My doctor told me that I have “metabolic syndrome.” I read that berberine can help with my issues, but one of my friends said it’s not really well absorbed. Should I still try berberine?” – Lizzy B., Rio Rancho, NM

A. Dear Lizzy, Berberine is a great place to start for metabolic syndrome. I also highly recommend making some modifications to your diet and lifestyle. 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 or watch my thyroid and adrenal webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites:, and, and You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Metabolic syndrome is a clustering of disease factors: high blood pressure (hypertension), imbalanced cholesterol levels, elevated triglycerides, high blood sugar, and unhealthy weight. All of these conditions are related to inflammation and oxidation. Fortunately, there is a natural ingredient called berberine that has been shown in clinical research to make real improvements for people with metabolic syndrome.

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 from 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!

Berberine is a powerful, natural medicine that can be one of the best choices for dealing with metabolic syndrome. I prefer berberine that comes from the bark and root of Indian Barberry (Berberis aristata). There are also enhanced absorption methods for berberine. I would take berberine three times per day, or with each meal.

For additional triglyceride and cholesterol support, you may want to consider amla. Amla is a fresh fruit from India and has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Taking amla once or twice per day for three months has been shown to decrease triglycerides by 24%, decreases LDL cholesterol by 21%, and increase HDL cholesterol by 14%. I would take it twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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