Berberine as Natural Metformin

Berberine is a bitter-tasting, compound found in plants. It has a long history of medical use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Berberine is found in the roots and stem bark of  plants, such as  goldenseal, coptis or goldenthread, Oregon grape, barberry, and tree turmeric.

Additional benefits of berberine include reduction in total cholesterol and triglycerides.

In our weight loss endocrinology clinic we use berberine in place of metoformin if a given person does not tolerate metformin due to gastrointestinal side effects like diarhea or constipation.


Dr. Naras Bhat

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