Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) is a large, deciduous shrub that grows wild in much of Europe and West Asia.
The berries that grow on it have been used for centuries to treat common health problems—including constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, infections, and eczema.
And now, a set of powerful, new studies show barberries can target not just one…but TWO modern medical epidemics…in just eight weeks!
Let’s jump right in…
Two treatments in ONE tart berry
Type II diabetes is a serious metabolic condition that affects your whole body. In fact, when someone develops the disease, they also run a higher risk of developing heart disease.
The two, increasingly common conditions go hand-in-hand so often, there’s a name for it: cardio-metabolic syndrome.
That’s exactly where barberries come into play.
It turns out, they can help you manage BOTH high blood sugar (which can lead to diabetes) and high blood pressure (which can lead to heart disease).
In a 2016 study, researchers randomly divided people with Type II diabetes into two groups. The first group took 200 mL (about 1 cup) of barberry juice daily for eight weeks while the second group didn’t receive any treatment.
The researchers also took participants’ blood pressure (BP) readings at the study’s outset and at the end of the eight-week treatment program.
It turns out, the barberry group experienced “significant reductions” in both systolic and diastolic BP readings in just eight weeks!
In a second study, researchers again divided patients with Type II diabetes into two groups. Similarly, one group received 200 mL of barberry juice for eight weeks and the second group received none.
But this time, the barberry group not only “significantly” reduced both their systolic and diastolic BP readings…it also “significantly” reduced their fasting blood sugar and triglycerides (blood fats). All within just eight weeks!
In a third study, researchers compared the effect of taking a supplement form of berberine (an active compound in barberry) to taking metformin, the first-line Type II diabetes prescription drug…
To start, they randomly divided 36 adults with Type II diabetes into two groups. The first group took 1.5 grams of berberine for three months. The second group took the Type II diabetes drug metformin.
After three months, the berberine group had an impressive 2 percent reduction in hemoglobin A1c (HA1c)—the long-term measure of blood sugar control. In fact, those results were almost exactly the same as the group that took metformin. (And perhaps best of all, berberine doesn’t cause you to develop a vitamin B12 deficiency, as metformin can.)
Supplement form is easier all around
Clearly, barberry is a safe, effective, and time-tested herbal remedy that can help you manage your blood sugar and blood pressure levels…even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a clinical disease.
But unless you live somewhere in the Middle East, you’ll have a hard time finding fresh barberries or barberry juice at your local market. So, I recommend taking it as a supplement, which is much easier to find (and use).
Look for a high-quality formula from a trusted brand that contains 500 mg of barberry in combination with other helpful nutrients.
You can learn more about barberry, other helpful nutrients, and additional natural approaches for preventing and reversing high blood pressure and heart disease (without risky prescription heart medications or surgeries) in my Heart Attack Prevention and Repair Protocol. Click here to learn more, or to enroll, today.
I also encourage you to check out my Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes for more details behind these uncommonly effective, common-sense strategies to prevent and reverse Type II diabetes.