Supplies Berberine HCl isolated from Berberis vulgaris and pepsin. Berberine has a long history of use in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to support normal glucose and/or lipid metabolism.
Recommended: One (1) capsule with each meal as a dietary supplement or as otherwise directed by a healthcare professional.
Caution: Not recommended for children, pregnant or lactating women, or those suffering from congestive heart failure.
Berberine is a bitter-tasting alkaloid present in the roots, rhizomes and stem barks of select plants including Barberry (Berberis vulgaris). Berberine has a long history of use in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, primarily to support gastrointestinal function. Berberine has demonstrated significant activity against a wide variety of organisms including a broad spectrum of bacteria, yeasts, fungus and parasites. Its mechanism of action is thought to result in part from its characteristic structure, which is that of a planar cationic molecule. This structural arrangement enables it to intercalate the DNA structure, similar in fashion to the mechanism of ethidium bromide.
In addition, Berberine has been shown to be supportive of healthy blood sugar levels, including fasting and postprandial blood glucose, and HbA1c, as well. The mode of action is believed to result from its ability to modulate key molecules in the insulin signaling pathway, leading to increased glucose uptake in insulin-resistant cells.
Berberine has also been shown to be supportive of normal blood lipid levels, with the apparent mode of action being described as an increase in the production of a receptor protein in the liver which binds LDL- cholesterol, preparing it for elimination.