Blood glucose (sugar) management is a key part of maintaining a healthy body, yet millions of Canadians struggle with ailments related to poorly controlled blood sugar and insulin levels. The unique ways in which Berberine acts within the body make it a useful, natural option for improving blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels.
WellBetX® Berberine contains a natural compound extracted from barberry roots. The unique way in which berberine acts within the body makes it a natural option for supporting blood sugar balance. Modern studies show berberine plays a role in blood sugar metabolism, and it also supports cardiovascular health by maintaining healthy blood lipid levels.
Uses & Benefits
How Berberine works
Berberine lowers blood glucose and improves insulin sensitivity through various physiological mechanisms. Most of its processes involve AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) – an enzyme involved in regulating the body’s energy levels. By targeting this pathway, berberine induces the uptake of glucose into cells, where it is converted into energy. Activating AMPK is also key to berberine’s function in regulating blood lipids, such as LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. This enzyme acts as a master switch, regulating energy production and storage as well as lipid metabolism. It helps burn fatty acids within cells, stabilize the receptors for LDL cholesterol, and inhibit the formation of lipids by the liver.
Berberine also helps block the digestion of carbohydrates, including starch, by inhibiting disaccharidases, the enzymes needed to break them down. As a result, only a limited amount of glucose can be absorbed through the intestines and pass into the blood. For the glucose that is absorbed into the bloodstream, berberine helps get it into cells more efficiently by enhancing the transport proteins responsible for moving it across cell membranes.
It also promotes insulin sensitivity by increasing the number and activity of available insulin receptors. This allows the same concentration of insulin to be more effective at moving glucose out of the bloodstream. Using insulin more efficiently is a foundation for successfully managing diabetes.
Berberine is a naturally occurring compound extracted from the roots of various plants, including barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape, and is likely responsible for the beneficial effects of traditional tonics made from these plants. Modern studies show berberine works to restore the insulin sensitivity needed to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promotes cardiovascular health by helping to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol in people with poorly controlled blood sugar.
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