What is Berberine?
Berberine is an alkaloid compound and ammonium salt that is found in various plants in the berberis genus. Berberine has a distinct bright yellow color and was widely used in traditional practices as a dye for various textiles. Berberine has an extensive history in Ayurveda, being used for promoting immune system function. Plants like Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and Chinese goldthread (Coptis chinensis) are natural sources of Berberine and have been used in Traditional Chinese practices and Ayurvedic practices.
Berberine actually has relatively low bioavailability when consumed orally. This is why we decided to combine Berberine with Silymarin for a uniquely bioavailable Berberine supplement! Research shows that this combination can further promote Berberine’s overall bioavailability and efficacy while also providing Silymarin benefits. When taken as a nootropic, Berberine carries various potential benefits to cognitive function and physical health. It will be beneficial to use Berberine with Silymarin so Berberine benefits can be achieved with a lower dose of Berberine alone.
Berberine Benefits and Uses
- May help support optimal cellular function
- May help promote metabolic function
- May help support balanced inflammation levels
- May help promote feelings of well being
- May help support cognitive function
How Does Berberine Work?
Berberine may benefit both physical health and mental faculties. Early studies suggest that berberine may regulate telomerase, a protein associated with the life cycle and proliferation of cells. Yet recent Berberine research leads toward AMPK modulation as one of Berberine’s primary mechanisms of action. AMPK, also known as Adenosine monophosphate kinase, is an enzyme that helps support cellular energy and has a role regulating cellular nutrients within cells. AMPK activation increases the uptake and breakdown of glucose through glycolysis. What also makes Berberine so interesting is that it may also slow down glucose production through gluconeogenesis. Some research finds that this may help promote optimal body composition and may help support exercise performance. Interestingly enough, this activity may play a role in the brain as well. Studies have shown that gluconeogenesis may help promote cognitive function.
Although it may be a more indirect effect on cognition, research finds that Berberine benefits to cognition might also be directly attributed to Berberine’s ability to activate sigma-1 receptors. Activation at these receptors raises BDNF levels and helps optimize NMDA activity. Research on BDNF activity found that decreased levels of BDNF may lead to low mood and diminished cognitive function, thus supporting evidence that Berberine may help promote overall cognitive function and positive mood. What also makes Berberine’s effects even more interesting is that BDNF and NMDA activity is also highly correlated to memory creation. Further research has also found that Berberine may help promote acetylcholine levels by regulating acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. By blocking acetylcholinesterase, Berberine may help promote higher acetylcholine levels in the brain. This in combination with AMPK modulation and sigma-1 receptor activation makes Berberine a great option for those looking for a well rounded and all natural nootropic!
AMPK activation also speeds up the breakdown of fatty acids through fatty acid oxidation. As an added bonus, AMPK activation has dual effects as it may also regulate fatty acid production by regulating fatty acid synthesis. Berberine AMPK activation suggests that there may be Berberine benefits on weight loss. However, research finds that taking a Berberine supplement alone will not promote significant weight loss compared to pairing a Berberine supplement with a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Why Combine Berberine With Silymarin?
Silymarin is a bioactive compound found in Milk Thistle and has been found in research to promote metabolic function on its own, however, pairing Berberine with Silymarin would give you the metabolic benefits of both worlds. Studies have found that Silymarin helps promote the bioavailability of Berberine and supports some of its effects. Research found that the combination of Silymarin and Berberine largely promoted metabolic function and supported balanced oxidation and inflammation levels more than supplementing Berberine alone. Due to the enhanced bioavailability of Berberine, this combination allows for lower doses of Berberine to be used.
Berberine HCL + Silymarin Dosage
As a dietary supplement, take 1 Berberine HCL + Silymarin tablet three times daily, preferably 20 minutes before a meal.
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