Berberine is a natural compound found in certain plants, including Coptis chinensis, the Chinese goldthread, and several other botanical sources. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for its potential health benefits.
Berberine has been extensively studied for its ability to help regulate blood sugar levels. It can enhance insulin sensitivity, promote glucose uptake by cells, and reduce the production of glucose in the liver. This makes it potentially beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes or those at risk of developing it. Some studies also suggest that berberine may support weight loss efforts by influencing metabolic processes, reducing appetite, and promoting fat loss.