Boosting the Bioavailability of Berberine Supplements

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 08/14/2014

Boosting the Bioavailability of Berberine Supplements

As you may know, one of my latest nutritional supplement recommendations for maintaining healthy blood sugar is a berberine supplement. Berberine is a compound found in various plants that has been shown to promote insulin sensitivity and improve glucose tolerance—to name just a few of its positive effects. More recently, I came across research demonstrating that cinnamon—one of the other supplements I have recommended for years for blood sugar support—can actually promote the absorption of berberine supplement in the intestines and increase its concentration in the blood. Folks, this is exciting news!

Study Links Cinnamon and Berberine Supplement Bioavailability

In this two-part study, all 10 participants received a one-time dose of 20 mg per kg of body weight of Rhizoma coptidis granules, which contains berberine. Then two weeks later, all subjects received the same single dose of Rhizome coptidis along with 3 g of cinnamon granules. Blood levels were measured at the same specific time intervals during both phases of the study. An increase in berberine concentration was noted in the blood samples of all participants in the second phase as compared to the first. This led the researchers to conclude that cinnamon enhances the bioavailability of berberine supplements.

Based on this research, I just developed an advanced berberine supplement called Berberine+ GlucoDefense that provides 1,500 mg of berberine (the dosage shown to be most effective in previous studies) and 1 g of cinnamon per day. It also contains chromium, an essential trace mineral that supports normal protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism.

If you’re looking for advanced blood sugar support, consider giving Berberine+ GlucoDefense a try, and let me know how it works for you.

Now it’s your turn: Have you ever tried a berberine supplement?

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