"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Can berberine help me reduce weight?

I saw on social media that a complement called berberine produces similar weight reduction advantages to drugs like Vigovi. Is it true?

Oh no it's not. And that is one other example of why we ought to be skeptical when social media platforms offer so-called health advice, as taking berberine can have unpleasant and even harmful unwanted side effects.

Here's the dynamic at play: incredible demand for semaglutide (marketed as Ozempic for diabetes and Vigovi for obesity) and similar weight-loss drugs—which suppress appetite and make people feel full. I help—has sparked renewed interest in berberine. Long said to calm stomach problems, the plant's extract has also been linked to lowering blood sugar levels. Some say it suppresses appetite and promotes weight reduction, but there is no such thing as a hard scientific evidence to support this claim.

It's essential to know that berberine can alter the effectiveness of medicines that break down the liver — including anticoagulants and immunosuppressants — and alter their effectiveness. It also has unwanted side effects like diarrhea, constipation, gas and stomach upset. Because the FDA doesn't regulate dietary supplements, there is no such thing as a guarantee of how much berberine is in a product. If you would like to explore it further, consult with your doctor — but don't buy social media claims that berberine is “nature's Ozympic.”

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