Berberine: The Gift That Keeps Giving
You may have heard of the incredible herbal compound called berberine, the sunshiny yellow pigment found in plants such as barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape. It’s gained much attention over the years for its blood sugar balancing benefits. However, as more research is done, more benefits are being discovered: weight loss, heart health, gut health, liver health, and even brain health! Only a few chemicals are known to activate AMPK, and natural berberine (Berberis vulgaris root extract) is one of them!
Its many benefits are tied to the AMPK. AMPK, or adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, is the important enzyme that acts as your body’s central energy control switch. Energy is produced, regulated and used in your body as a result. It’s oftentimes referred to as the “metabolic master switch” because it responds to changes in energy metabolism on a cellular and whole-body level. AMPK regulates various biological activities that help normalize blood sugar, lipid, and energy imbalances.
Blood Sugar Balance
By affecting the AMPK pathway, berberine helps induce the uptake of glucose into cells where it is converted into energy. Together, these actions positively affect healthy blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is balanced, it’s easier to maintain normal body weight. Berberine also helps support carbohydrate digestion, which helps with weight management. Blood sugar and dress size are related!
AMPK activation is reported to underlie berberine’s favorable influence on weight loss by boosting fat burning in the mitochondria. Also, research has shown that people who gain weight often spend much of their day on the “blood sugar roller coaster,” with blood sugar alternately surging and plummeting, leaving them tired or irritable and leading to frequent unhealthy food cravings. Is that you? So, by supporting healthy blood sugar levels, berberine also promotes healthy weight management! Add this herbal compound to your weight loss regimen of exercise and fresh healthy diet.
By activating the AMPK pathway, berberine also supports healthy cholesterol levels. Berberine has been shown to
- decrease abnormally high concentrations of fats
- promote the excretion of cholesterol from the liver
- inhibit the intestinal absorption of cholesterol
Choose an herbal approach to supporting normal cholesterol levels.
Gut and Liver Health
Berberine supports gut health by helping maintain bacterial balance, protecting mucous membranes, and supporting the production of short-chain fatty acids. When combined with a healthy diet, berberine also supports liver health and bile secretion by helping break down fats into fatty acids. Some use it as an antimicrobial.
Exciting research also shows that berberine can increase neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters are key for mental health and well-being. Berberine also increases the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein involved in the formation of new neuronal connections.
Why Choose Natural Factors Berberine?
The berberine found in third-party certified Natural Factors WellBetX® Berberine comes from non-endangered barberry (Berberis vulgaris), the preferred and sustainable source of berberine. Each vegetarian capsule provides 500 mg of berberine HCl extract, allowing for flexible use.
NonGMO, and free of dairy, sugar, gluten, yeast, soy, corn, egg, fish, shellfish, and artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives. Vegetarian and vegan capsules.
So there you have it. A natural berberine supplement like this can support blood sugar balance and weight management, heart health, gut health, and more!
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