Q. Dear Terry, “I have some extra weight and cholesterol issues. A friend told me that berberine might be able to help. I don’t like taking medications and would like something natural to try. Is berberine a good choice? ”– Jose R., Las Cruces, NM
A. Dear Jose, Berberine is a great place to start for metabolic issues, like extra weight and imbalanced cholesterol. 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: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
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%, decrease LDL cholesterol by 21%, and increase HDL cholesterol by 14%. I would take it twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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