Today I’m going to talk about an herb called Berberine and if it really is a natural and safe alternative for lowering blood sugar, compared to a drug called Ozempic, also known as semaglutide (seh-mah-glu-tide)
By the way, there is a shortage of this drug at the moment and I’ll tell you why in a minute.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I believe having healthy blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity is vital for health, fitness & longevity.
The better your blood sugar & insulin sensitivity – the more youthful you’ll look, have more energy, more muscled and leaner.
Additionally, so many health ailments are related to high blood sugar and poor insulin sensitivity – for both your brain and organs.
In recent years, a drug called Ozempic, or the medication name of semaglutide, has become very popular for treating type 2 diabetes.
If you care about the details, semaglutide is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. GLP-1 is a natural hormone in your body.
And simply stated, it works primarily by:
- lowering blood sugar levels.
- It also slows down the digestion of your food, so you feel fuller longer.
- And finally, a side benefit is that it dramatically reduces your appetite.
And this appetite reduction benefit is the primary reason many people are using it in recent times, even if they aren’t diabetic.
In fact, this is why there’s a shortage of this drug! Doctors or HRT clinics are prescribing it off-label for weight loss and NOT for blood sugar reduction in Type 2 diabetes.
Negative Effects Of Ozempic
Of course, like any drug, Ozempic does have negative effects, such as:
- Muscle Weakness
- Potential allergic reactions
But the truth is, these aren’t horrible side effects and are probably dose-dependent.
Granted, one major drawback to Ozempic is the cost, the stuff is expensive. It can easily cost you about $1000 a month if your insurance doesn’t cover it because you’re not diabetic – and most insurance don’t because it’s so expensive.
And the biggest drawback is that you can’t be using Ozempic/semaglutide (seh-mah-glu-tide) forever. And once you stop, trust me, you’ll gain most or almost all the weight back because you didn’t change your eating habits or exercise plan.
You simply took a shot, lost all your appetite, and didn’t feel like eating all day long.
This can also cause malnutrition in many people over time because they aren’t eating very many nutrients.
What About Berberine?
So now comes Berberine. Which has also recently become popular and a lot of social media people are calling it the “natural alternative to Ozempic”
Now, if you haven’t heard of Berberine, it’s a compound found in several plants. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.
The benefits of Berberine include:
- regulating blood sugar levels.
- supports healthy cholesterol levels
- Berberine can actually help digestive health and gut flora.
- it also has been shown to support healthy inflammation.
- and yes, in some studies it also helps with weight loss.
- lastly, Berberine activates an enzyme called AMPK which may have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties
So far, this sounds great. Lots of healthy, natural positives and very few negatives.
And the best part, no needles or injections, unlike Ozempic (semaglutide). It’s just a pill you take 2-3x daily with meals
Plus, it’s way cheaper because it’s a natural supplement and not an overpriced drug.
Instead of $1000 a month, a good quality one that’s dosed properly will cost around $40-$50 a month
HOWEVER, it’s important to know that by no means, is Berberine a “natural alternative” to Ozempic! It’s nowhere near as powerful for lowering blood sugar.
And it will definitely NOT kill your appetite like Ozempic and thus, you won’t have the big weight loss that you would when taking semaglutide.
Remember, drugs are very powerful. The bigger the positive, usually the bigger the negative.
The bigger the reward, the bigger the risk.
The bottom line is that Semaglutide and berberine work differently, to help achieve healthy blood sugar levels.
If you have the resources, the money, and a doctor to prescribe Ozempic – then maybe you want to give it a short test run and see how you react to it.
But again, it’s not a long-term solution.
Use it for maybe a month or two. Lose weight and then stick to a healthy lifestyle to keep most of the weight off.
Berberine For Healthy Blood Sugar
As for Berberine and having healthy blood sugar levels, I like it. I’ve been using it for a couple of years, but I do so with other synergistic ingredients, such as:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Cinnamon Extract
- Vanadyl Sulfate
- And a few other vitamins
The benefit of the above combination of ingredients is that the positive effects are much higher than taking Berberine alone.
Plus, there are many additional benefits as well – such as liver health, insulin sensitivity in the muscle cells, and balanced insulin and blood sugar levels.
I use a product called Blood Sugar Optimizer because it contains all of these ingredients and a few additional vitamins and minerals.
Either way, improving your blood sugar will dramatically improve every aspect of your health, fitness, and longevity. So please do something today. Don’t just listen, take action.