Friday, March 2, 2018

Benefits of Berberine

A friend of mine shared with me that he had started taking Berberine for his Diabetes and Heart Disease, so I thought I might give it a try.  I have been taking Berberine for over a year now and have personally seen improvements in many of the areas below.  Please check out Dr. Axe's site with a free download describing the "7 Benefits of Berberine."  I have also reprinted Medical Researcher, Dr. Jeffery Bland's article on "Berberine" from his monthly newsletter. 

The use of berberine benefits for a very wide range of serious health ailments, including:
  • Anti-aging
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immune challenges
  • Joint problems
  • Low bone density
  • Weight control

Please check out Dr. Axe's website for more interesting information on Berberine,

Second and First Brains on Berberine
Within the last couple of decades, we’ve learned remarkable things about the human gut that have led to it being called the “second brain”:

  • every “brain” neurotransmitter has been found in the gut
  • the small intestine harbors at least as many neurons as does the spinal cord
  • the vast majority of vagal spinal fibers travel FROM the gut TO the brain
Clearly, our gut actively gathers information, interprets it, and acts upon it. It shares information with the central nervous system, and as an “enteral nervous system” (ENS) helps coordinate our overall response to our environment. The microbiome is a central operator within the ENS, taking data directly from the dietary environment we select for it with each day’s food intake as well as from the “commentary” provided by the peptides, fatty acids, endotoxins, bacteriocins, antigens, and other molecules released by digestion and elaborated by the ever-changing members of the gut’s community. The microbiome also interacts continuously with the gut-associated lymph tissue (GALT) that mobilizes immune offense and defense, and the composition and balance of our diets and the 2-3 pounds of metabolically active organisms in our microbiota determines the amount of beneficial short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) available to support the normally rapid growth and turnover of intestinal cells and the integrity of the gut’s epithelial barrier.
In this interview with Dr. Bland, author and clinician Dr. Robert Rountree describes combining his knowledge of the gut-brain connection with the bitter plant alkaloid berberine in successful treatment of dysbiosis by virtue of improving the microbiome’s balance among symbiotic, commensal, and parasitic species. He relates that he has never seen negative effects typical of antimicrobial drugs when giving berberine to his patients, and takes it himself. He and Dr. Bland also discuss the importance of bile acids and their receptor interactions in influencing inflammatory and insulin pathways, and the use of bitter lipotropic nutrients and botanicals to aid bile flow.
Berberine has been shown to beneficially affect cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism through stimulating fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle and the liver. In animals with impaired glucose tolerance, it not only reduced apolipoprotein B levels while raising those of ApoA1 and HDL cholesterol, but also dropped levels of fasting glucose, total cholesterol, free fatty acids, and triglycerides while improving glucose tolerance. Facilitating insulin secretion was found to be one mechanism of action of this phytonutrient. In a recently published article, berberine (333 mg thrice daily was employed with other supplements to heighten the efficacy of a lifestyle modification program in improving weight and body fat loss, total and LDL cholesterol reduction, apoB/apoA1 ratio, and hsCRP level in overweight individuals. As a bitter alkaloid, berberine is a component of several plants used to aid biliary tract and digestive function, and can increase bile acid turnover and reduce hepatic lipid accumulation by inhibiting bile hydrolysis in the gut microbiota, reducing hepatic fatty acid uptake, and activating intestinal farnesoid X receptor (FXR) activity, which helps regulate fat metabolism.
Berberine’s effects may not be not limited to the digestive tract, however—it may also improve glucose transport in the brain and has shown anti-inflammatory activity in models of Alzheimer’s disease.

Reprinted from Medical Researcher, Dr. Jeffrey Bland's "Convergence" Newsletter March 2018

Wishing you health and healing,
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