Improve your recovery and athletic performance while supporting your fat loss and benefiting from berberine's positive effects on your blood sugar levels, cardiovascular health, immune system and overall health.
- May increase exercise energy and endurance during exercise
- May increase the use of fat to provide energy to muscles during exercise
- Can support and accelerate regeneration after training
- May promote fat loss through several different mechanisms
- Supports healthy regulation of blood sugar levels and can reduce elevated blood sugar levels similarly effectively to diabetes medications
- Possesses anti-inflammatory effects
- Possesses antioxidant effects and can protect cells and DNA of the body from free radical damage and destruction
- Possesses antiseptic and antibiotic effects and can improve the function of the immune system
- May reduce cholesterol levels
- May promote and improve cardiovascular health through numerous mechanisms
- Activates the enzyme AMPK, known as the "master switch of metabolism".
- 150 mg berberine per capsule
What is berberine and what benefits does it have for athletes and bodybuilders?
Berberine is an alkaloid that occurs naturally in the roots and root stem of a number of plants, including barberry, which gave this alkaloid its name. In the field of traditional Chinese medicine and traditional oriental medicine, berberine has been used for centuries to treat various diseases and ailments. As has now also been proven in the course of numerous studies, berberine has a whole range of health-promoting biological effects in the body (1), which can be beneficial not only for bodybuilders and other athletes, but can also have a positive effect on health and well-being.
One of the most interesting properties of berberine is its ability to activate an enzyme called AMPK in the body (2). AMPK is also referred to by scientists as the "master switch of metabolism" because it plays a primary role in regulating metabolism. Among other things, this enzyme, which is also activated by physical exercise, increases the transport of fatty acids and glucose into muscle cells, where it stimulates the burning of these energy sources while actively inhibiting the buildup of body fat.
For athletes and bodybuilders, this results in increased training energy and muscle endurance during intense and strenuous workouts of any kind. For figure-conscious people who want to lose fat or maintain a low body fat percentage, the stimulation of the metabolism and increased fat burning can help them lose weight faster and keep it off more easily.
The fat loss-promoting effects of berberine have also been demonstrated in practice in a number of clinical studies (3). In addition to AMPK activation, the fat loss promoting effects of berberine also appear to be due to improved function of fat regulating hormones such as insulin, adiponectin and leptin, as well as inhibition of fat cell growth at the molecular level. Of course, the improved regulation of blood glucose levels by berberine, which we will discuss in more detail in a moment, is also likely to further support fat loss by preventing blood glucose fluctuations and cravings.
In addition to this, berberine has pronounced antioxidant properties (4) and can thereby protect the (muscle) cells and the DNA of the body from damage and destruction by free radicals, which are inevitably produced to an increased extent as metabolic waste products during intensive training sessions. Together with the anti-inflammatory properties of berberine (5), this can promote and accelerate recovery after training.
What other health benefits does berberine have?
Among the most interesting health benefits of berberine are its effects on the regulation of blood glucose levels. As has been shown in numerous studies, berberine can significantly reduce not only acute post-meal blood glucose levels, but also HbA1c, which is a marker of average blood glucose levels over the past several months (6). Some studies even conclude that berberine is as effective as the prescription diabetes drug metformin in this regard (7).
These effects appear to be due to the AMPK activation described earlier, which includes increased transport of glucose into cells of the body, acceleration of repair of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells, enhancement of the action of insulin via an increase in the expression of insulin receptors on the surface of body cells (8), and slowed breakdown of carbohydrates in the liver.
In addition to this, berberine has a whole range of properties that can support and improve cardiovascular health. These include the ability to lower levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and blood lipids, and increase levels of "good" HDL cholesterol (9). Other effects that may have a positive impact on cardiovascular health include dilatation of coronary arteries, alleviation of cardiac arrhythmias, and reduction of apolipoprotein B levels, which are considered an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Berberine also has the ability to fight dangerous pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, and also has a moderate antibiotic effect (10), which allows it to support and improve the function of the immune system. These effects have been known for centuries and berberine was therefore already used in the ancient Orient as an intestinal antiseptic.
There are many more health benefits of berberine in the scientific literature, which include protection against the development of fatty liver, treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders, and possible treatment of Alzheimer's disease.