What is Berberine?

Berberine Molecule

What is Berberine?

Berberine is an isoquinoline alkaloid found in many plants, such as the Barberry, Oregon grape, Goldenseal, and Chinese Goldthread plants. Berberine has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for various ailments such as diarrhea and has recently become a very popular choice for people who follow the low carb lifestyles, as well as people diagnosed with diabetes. Berberine is primarily taken as a dietary supplement but has also been used in gels and lotions for some skin conditions.


Today, Berberine is primarily used in helping with:

  • Diabetes
  • Blood Sugar Levels
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Inflammation
  • PCOS Symptoms

There are many more possible treatments that Berberine may help, but there is not yet enough scientific evidence to prove it. Currently ongoing Berberine studies are exploring potentially beneficial results for heart failure, heart disease, cholera, symptoms of menopause, canker sores, cancer, and depression.

Berberine in the Body

So, what does Berberine actually do? When you ingest the supplement, the alkaloid salts are absorbed into your bloodstream, where it then binds to different types of receptors on the surface of your cells. When it binds to your cells, it activates a very important enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) which helps to keep your energy levels stable across your body.  AMPK tells your cells to pull in glucose and fatty acids from your blood to use as fuel, and in return keeps your blood glucose and insulin levels low…exactly what diabetics need.

How to Take Berberine

The most popular and effective way to take Berberine is to take it as a supplement. Berberine pill supplements are easy to find and a great way to have it easily absorb into the body. If you don’t like taking pills or tablets, you can open the capsule and add the powder to a smoothie, drink, or your food as a great alternative. Taking it every day and staying consistent will provide the most benefits to your body. 

Side Effects

Generally, Berberine is safe to use, but with every product comes some possible side effects. These include digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation and gas. Make sure to consult with a doctor before starting any supplement to see if it is right for you.

Where Can I Get Berberine? sells our own premium version of the Berberine supplement, with a 99% purity rating, verified by a 3rd-Party testing site, and its bottled right here in the USA.  Each bottle of our all-natural premium Berberine 1200mg formula contains a 2-month supply of our pure Berberine HCL, with each 600mg capsule allowing you the flexibility of between 600mg - 1200mg per serving.