Berberine is a bitter yellow plant alkaloid that has long been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Berberine is found in several plants such as goldenseal and barberry. The use of Berberine goes back more than 3,000 years. Modern science has now identified precise mechanisms of action and given clear indications for the therapeutic benefits of berberine.
One of berberine’s most well-researched benefits is its ability to support healthy blood sugar levels. Human trials have shown that the use of berberine helps support healthy insulin sensitivity. Optimal insulin function is needed for normal sugar metabolism. This effect is likely responsible for promoting healthy fasting blood sugar levels as well as lower blood sugar levels after meals which are important benefits of berberine supplementation.
In terms of the cardiovascular benefits of berberine, the compound has been researched and found to support a healthy cholesterol and lipid profile, healthy blood pressure levels, healthy inflammatory response and support other markers of cardiometabolic health.
In terms of liver, function berberine was shown to support healthy liver enzyme levels while promoting healthy cholesterol levels.
With a multitude of established benefits, it is not surprising that this plant extract has such a long history of traditional use. As with other plants benefiting from a well-established ancestral use, modern research has now confirmed the benefits associated with berberine for cardiovascular and metabolic health.