Imagine replacing your prescription diabetes medication with a natural turmeric supplement. Here’s the good news: You don’t have to imagine it! Berberine, a compound used to dye wool in India, is also an effective treatment for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even canker sores in the mouth.
Berberine has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a natural antibiotic and treatment for gastrointestinal infections. A National Institutes of Health study showed that berberine can lower blood sugar in men and women as effectively as metformin, the most popular type 2 diabetes prescription. Another NIH study indicated that berberine can lower unhealthy cholesterol levels in some patients.
That’s not all this remarkable compound can do. When paired with antibiotics, berberine has been found to help fight drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA, and it’s being tested as a treatment for water-borne diseases like cholera. It’s likely that research will continue to reveal even more benefits from berberine.
Berberine is a safe, natural supplement with few side effects. Don’t take berberine if you’re under the age of 18, you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or you have low blood pressure. To avoid drug interactions, ask a medical professional about berberine if you’re already taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Berberine is an amazing supplement that can help you live a better, healthier life. If you’d like to talk with me about berberine, call my office to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Suhyun An