Cathy Schram

Blood Sugar & Fatty Food Issues…
What Can I Do?

Q: Do you think Berberine will help me with my blood sugar levels?

A: Berberine has been used for many years to help control blood sugar levels. There have been many studies and clinical trials using berberine not only for diabetes, but for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Berberine is able to reduce glucose produced in the liver. It works by up-regulating enymes that trigger blood glucose metabolism. It also supports gut health by fighting endotoxins. Most of these endotoxins are from high carbohydrate diets. This can interfere with normal glucose metabolism. Berberine specifically targets these gut bacteria and inhibits their ability to bind to the muscle cells. I believe this would be very beneficial for your health.

Q: I recently had my gall bladder removed and now I can’t eat anything with fat in it without having diarrhea. Any suggetions?

A: This is a very common problem. Your gall bladder helped you with fat digestion by making bile. Now that it is gone, it can’t. I always recommend Lecithin for that problem. Lecithin is a type of lipid that is needed by every cell in our body. Even the protective sheaths surrounding the brain is mostly composed of Lecithin. It enables fats, even cholesterol, to be dispersed in water and eliminated from the body. Therefore, the vital organs and arteries are protected from the fatty build-up. Taking Lecithin before eating a meal containing fat will help you digest the fat, keeping you from having urgent diarrhea. Most Lecithin is derived from soybeans, however, it also can be made from egg yolks and sunflowers.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.