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What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome significantly increases risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Almost 1/3 of U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome.

These 5 indications make up metabolic syndrome:

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High LDL Cholesterol & Triglycerides

  • Low HDL Cholesterol

  • Abdominal Obesity “Spare Tire” primarily in Men

  • Pre-Diabetes/Diabetes (Insulin Resistance)

Berberine from Indian barberry

Berberine is a compound found in bark, leaves, roots/rhizomes, twigs, and stems of several plants, including:

–Indian barberry (Berberis aristata)

–Goldenseal (Hydrastiscanadensis)

–Oregon Grape (Mahonia spp.)

It has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years. Modern research focus on:


–Metabolic syndrome

Berberine: A Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome

24 people with metabolic syndrome received 500 mg berberine, three times daily, or a placebo, for 3 months.

Results: statistically significant reductions in BMI, waist size and glucose levels, plus

–42% reduction in triglycerides

–6% reduction in blood pressure

–20% reduction in insulin resistance

More Clinical Research on Berberine

Lowered blood sugar as effectively as prescription drug treatment

–Patients with T2D: fasting blood glucose down 26% with berberine versus 30% with metformin

–HbA1c down 18% for berberine versus 23% for metformin

Reduces triglycerides

–18% reduction in T2D for berberine versus 6% in metformin group

When combined with diet and exercise, berberine was shown to lower blood pressure more effectively than lifestyle alone or placebo.

Berberine supplement is available at Green's Nutrition.


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