Diabetes is characterised by problems with insulin production. If you’re not familiar, insulin is a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar by helping it to enter your cells. However, if you have type 2 diabetes, your body isn’t able to produce enough of this hormone or the insulin isn’t effective.
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that berberine can reduce blood sugar by up to 20 percent.
Berberine is a natural plant alkaloid mainly used as an antibiotic drug.
The study looked at 116 patients with type 2 diabetes.
These participants were randomly given one gram of berberine daily or a placebo for the period of three months.
The study added: “Considering the relatively low cost compared with other first-line medicine and treatment, berberine might be a good alternative for low socioeconomic status patients.”
However, they also stress that more research might be necessary.
Further confirming these findings, various animal studies report that berberine can help lower blood sugar and even increase insulin sensitivity.
Insulin sensitivity explains how sensitive the body is to the effects of insulin, Diabetes.co.uk explains.
Based on this research, the supplement may help lower your blood sugar and offer effects similar to some medications.
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