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I’ve read thoroughly about Berberine and it’s beneficial in literature..
Still not sure if it can be used as a daily supplement?
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Hello @eyeman, Welcome to Connect. You will notice that we added a few words to the title of your discussion to hopefully better describe the discussion for members who may have experience or information to share with you.
I really had not heard of Berberine until you started this discussion. I did a quick search and it does sound promising and has been a part of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years from what I've read. I would still talk with my doctor or a pharmacist before starting it as a daily supplement in case there are any concerns of interactions with any other supplements or medication that I'm taking. Here are some of the articles I found that you may have already seen but still may be helpful for other members joining the discussion.
— Everything you need to know about berberine: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325798
— Efficacy of Berberine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2410097/
— A New Therapeutic Candidate for Cardiovascular Diseases: Berberine: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2021.631100/full
You may also be interested in the following discussion which mentions berberine in the description of the discussion.
— What supplements are good for you as a diabetic?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-supplements-are-good-for-your-as-a-diabetic/
@lewismustard, @deanna2, and @dorisena may have some thoughts to share with you on berberine as a daily supplement.
Have you talked with your doctor or pharmacist about adding it to your daily regimen of supplments?
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Yes, I asked my doctor before I began taking berberine instead of metformin. Unfamiliar with berberine, he researched it and then approved of my switching the two. I've taken it for years and it helps me as much as metformin did and without any side effects. (Of course, taking a medicine or a supplement does not mean one can then ignore exercising and eating properly.)
I have read about berberine and other supplements but have not tried them because my diabetes numbers are good with my producing garden providing so many vegetables that I have cut down to one Metformin each evening and may drop it as well if I can stay away from too much chocolate and ice cream bars. My back problems are worse, so I don't get enough exercise but I gather produce in the garden almost every day. I can't get into to see the spine doctor for several weeks so I deal with pain at night and haven't found pills that help without side affects. I live alone so I need to be careful about medications that drug me too much to function well. Dorisena
I don’t have diabetes, but trying to figure out if berberine is a good daily supplement for general health (controlling glucose among that)
@lewismustard, @deanna2, and @dorisena
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