Metabolic master switch
Berberine is an alkaloid present in a number of plants, including barberry, tree turmeric, Oregon grape and goldenseal. Its history dates back 3 000 years, when it was in traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Berberine has fast become one of the most researched plant extracts and remains in the scientific spotlight, supported by 4 500 published studies.
Whilst berberine has a series of benefits, one of this important plant extract’s most significant benefits pertains to conditions related to metabolic syndrome. This is because berberine is one of the few compounds known to activate AMPK, an enzyme in the body’s cells. It’s sometimes called a “metabolic master switch” because it plays an important role in regulating metabolism. The unique way in which berberine acts makes it a useful nature-based option for supporting blood sugar balance.
Modern research shows that berberine supports healthy blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood lipid levels as well as overall general health. An additional benefit is that berberine may support healthy weight management as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Studies indicate that berberine works via multiple mechanisms, including decreasing insulin resistance, making the insulin hormone that lowers blood sugar work more effectively. In addition, berberine encourages decreased sugar production in the liver and helps the body break down sugar in the cells.