C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
I have known about berberine for some time but the increasing evidence of its tremendous benefit in type 2 diabetes pushes me to discuss it. The essential fact is that it is AS EFFECTIVE as prescription metformin, Glucophage®, and much safer! Other benefits include:
· Decreasing inflammation
· Controlling diarrhea
· Decreasing glucose neurotoxicity
· Possibly in congestive heart failure
· Autoimmune neuritis
· H. pylori infections
· Lowering cholesterol
· Parasitic infections
· Bacterial, fungal and virus infections
· Thrombocytopenia-low platelet
Adult dosages of 400 to 500 mg three times daily are recommended. As with many herbal preparations, there is tremendous variability in products offered. I have spent some time searching and I would trust Dr. Whitaker’s brand. Patients on anti-diabetic drugs should be very careful as berberine could lead to significant hypoglycemia when taken with the Rx drugs!