Blown away by berberine

I wrote about berberine in the January 2012 issue of my newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. Scientists have found that this herb is a powerful nutrient that supports many aspects of your health, including healthy blood pressure and mental cognition.

Now, there’s some compelling scientific evidence that berberine also helps promote weight loss.

Researchers gave participants 500 milligrams of berberine three times a day for 12 weeks. By the end of the study, the subjects had lost an average of about 5 pounds per person. They also had a 23 percent decrease in triglycerides.

Previous studies by the same researchers showed that berberine actually prevents fat accumulation.

Plus, researchers discovered yet another surprising benefit of berberine. The study participants also had a whopping 59.5% increase in their levels of vitamin D3 (the active form of the vitamin, also known as calcitriol levels). The researchers concluded that this makes berberine a contender for maintaining healthy bone density.

There were no indications of safety problems from taking berberine. All the standard heart, liver, and kidney function tests came out fine.

Berberine is certainly turning into one of those “what CAN’T it do?” herbs. To find out more about what it can do for you, check out the January issue of Logical Health Alternatives that I mentioned above. Subscribers can download it for free.

“Lipid-lowering effect of berberine in human subjects and rats,” Phytomedicine 2012; 19(10): 861-867