Berberine is shaping up to be one of the most promising new natural treatments for blood sugar problems…but there’s not really anything “new” about it. In fact, berberine was used 1,400 years ago in China to treat what they referred to back then as “wasting thirst syndrome.” Today, we call it diabetes.
Here’s a quick rundown of one impressive study on berberine’s effects on diabetes, published in 2008 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Researchers in China enrolled 116 patients, all with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. The patients were randomly assigned to take either a berberine supplement or a placebo pill every day for three months.
The berberine group had significant decreases in blood sugar, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL “bad” cholesterol. Researchers concluded that berberine is safe and effective in treating type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
These results are just one example of berberine’s potential. All the research I’ve seen on this herb is pretty incredible. Unfortunately there’s just too much to tell you about here, so I’m working on an in-depth article about it for my monthly Logical Health Alternatives print newsletter.