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Supplementing with berberine makes the almost-diabetic healthier and slimmer
Healthy people with just acceptable glucose levels, who do not yet have diabetes but may be in the process of developing it, become healthier by supplementing with berberine. Moreover, they become slimmer.
The researchers gave half of the test subjects a placebo every day for 2 months. The other half received a tablet containing a berberine supplement from Indena every day, just before lunch and just before dinner. Each tablet contained 550 milligrams of a phytosome preparation of berberine, good for 188 milligrams of berberine. You can see the chemical structure of berberine above.
If active substances are packaged in phytosomes, the body can absorb them better. The extract the researchers used is marketed as Berberine Phytosome.
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These effects were statistically significant - not only within the supplementation group, but also when the researchers compared them to the changes in the placebo group. [Table]
"The results of this study are encouraging."