What is Berberine?
Berberine is a plant-derived compound that can be extracted from the roots, stems and bark of several plants, including goldenseal, goldenthread, Oregon grape, tree turmeric and barberry plants. Berberine-containing plants have held revered status in health practices around the world for thousands of years. Swanson’s Berberine HCI is derived from the Indian Barberry plant, also known as Chitra. This traditional herbal ingredient dates back to ancient wellness practices in India and China, and clinical researchers have taken a keen interest in its benefits, especially for heart health. It has also been used traditionally to support liver health and to promote women’s health.*
Researchers believe the many of the benefits of berberine may be related to its interaction with an important enzyme that influences how the body creates and uses cellular energy, which plays a role in both metabolic and cellular health. Several studies have also shown that berberine may have a beneficial impact on the health and diversity of the gut microbiome, which in turn positively influences immune and metabolic health.*
Berberine for Cardiovascular Health
Research suggests berberine may have powerful heart health benefits, which it exerts from a cellular level. Experts believe the cardiovascular health benefits of berberine stem from its ability to activate an enzyme that plays a role in energy metabolism. It has also been shown to help maintain healthy blood lipid levels and blood sugar levels already within the normal range and support glucose metabolism. These are important factors in cardiovascular health because blood glucose levels can impact the health of blood vessels and nerves within the cardiovascular system, blood lipid levels can affect the health of arteries, and both can increase your risk of heart health concerns.*
Berberine for Blood Sugar Health
Berberine helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promotes glucose metabolism, which experts believe it does by helping cells break down sugar, decreasing the production of sugar in the liver, slowing carbohydrate breakdown in the digestive system and supporting a healthy gut microbiome. Numerous studies have been conducted on the effects of berberine on blood sugar with significantly positive results. The effects of berberine on blood sugar levels are best seen after consistent use.*
Berberine for Maintaining Healthy Blood Lipid Levels
Healthy blood lipid levels play an important role in maintaining optimal cardiovascular health, so it’s important to give your body the nourishment it needs to maintain those healthy levels. Berberine’s proven benefits for heart health extend to promoting and helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range. And studies suggest berberine may exert these beneficial effects on maintaining healthy blood lipid levels without adverse effects, but always speak with your doctor before taking supplements for a specific health concern.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Berberine has been shown to exert a number of beneficial effects to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within the normal range. Research suggests it does so by encouraging the cellular breakdown of sugar, minimizing production of sugar in the liver, slowing the speed of carbohydrate breakdown in the gut, and promoting a healthy gut microbiome, helping balance gut flora to maintain overall wellbeing.*
Blood Lipid Maintenance
This herbalist favorite also supports cardiovascular health by promoting the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range, which research believe it accomplishes by positively influencing the activity of enzymes related to metabolism and energy use. Studies have shown berberine to help maintain healthy blood lipid levels without adverse effects.
One (1) capsule per day or as directed by a health professional.
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