PCOS and Berberine

Berberine is a naturally occurring compound extracted from a variety of plants like turmeric, Oregon grape, goldthread, and barberry. The use of Berberine as a supplement is far from new and has been an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine for decades. However, recent research is providing strong evidence on the role of Berberine as a promising and effective supplement for many health conditions, namely PCOS.

Scientific evidence supports many beneficial effects for berberine in women with PCOS such as:

  • Improving insulin sensitivity, being a potent rival to Metformin – by significantly improving blood lipid profile (1-3)
  • Boosting Fertility – by improving ovulation in women with PCOS as well as improving pregnancy rates with IVF treatment. (4)
  • Improving gut health – by promoting the production of good bacteria in the gut, which is in turn associated with reduced gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, as well as other beneficial outcomes related to obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes (5).
  • Helping with fatty liver disease –by lowering the levels of triglycerides, prevent fat build up in the liver, and promote fat oxidation in the muscles of women with PCOS (6).
  • Lowering cholesterol – by boosting fat burning inside the cells, inhibiting the enzymes responsible for producing cholesterol and triglycerides, and promoting the excretion of fat from the liver (7-9). 
  • Fighting inflammation – by possessing anti-inflammatory properties that suppress the body’s response to stress and inflammation (10).
  • Reducing testosterone –by significantly lowering total testosterone and free androgen index similarly to metformin in women with PCOS (11).
  • Improving and preventing obesity – by reducing the secretion of appetite hormones (3).

General tips on taking berberine

  • Watch for your doses. While berberine is generally well-tolerated and causes little to no side effects, high doses can sometimes cause adverse gastrointestinal effects including nausea and constipation. 
  • Always consult with a health professional before taking any supplements including Berberine, especially if combined with other medications/supplements.

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