Berberine is a bioactive compound that can be extracted from several different plants, including a group of shrubs called Berberis.
This alkaloid has a yellow colour and was often used as a dye.
Berberine has been studied for its ability to act on our metabolic master switch the enzyme called AMPK. This enzyme plays a major role in the regulation of the metabolism.
Berberine has shown amazing results in
Decreasing insulin resistance, ie making your cells accept and use insulin better.
Increasing glycolysis and helping the body to break down glucose within the cells
Decreasing sugar production within the liver
Slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates in the gut, slowing their absorption
Increasing beneficial bacteria within the gut.
In a large scale review of 14 studies, Berberine has been shown to be as effective as oral diabetes drugs, lowering HBA1C.
We always couple Berberine with Glutamine as I find while Berberine lowers insulin response, glutamine helps to fight cravings quickly and easily as well as dealing with bloating and inflammation in the gut.