F. A. Q.

1) What is the source of the Berberine? 

Our Berberine is harvested from Phellodendron Amurense (bark), naturalized in North America & native to Asia.

2) Does the Berberine help with weight loss? If so, how long might it take to see results? 

Every body composition is different. Some have experienced moderate weight loss about 2 weeks and up to 60 days after taking this Berberine consistently. We suggest taking it consistently for a month and see how it works for you. 

3) What is the purity of the Berberine?

This supplement is formulated and manufactured to ensure each and every capsule contains 500mg of pure Berberine HCl. Our Berberine is continually monitored and tested for purity, potency and effectiveness.

4) Does this Berberine contain Chinese Goldenseal?

Our Berberine is derived from Phellodendron Amurense (bark) which is a much better source than Goldenseal. Our supplement does not contain Goldenseal. 

5) Might the Berberine cause stomach upset or indigestion?  

We do our best to produce a product of the finest quality, at a reasonable price but all stomachs are different. We hope that consumers recognize that the use of an herb as powerful as Berberine, especially in the glucose-insulin pathway can occasionally cause an untoward effect. Taking it with meals usually helps.

We strongly recommend the following to help avoid any potential stomach issues:
⦁ First, always check with your healthcare professional before starting Berberine or any dietary supplement to ensure there will be no interactions with any other vitamins, supplements or medications you may be taking. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement.
⦁ Second, when starting Berberine it may be best to start at smaller doses.
⦁ Third, always take Berberine with meals.

6) What is the Berberine’s vegetable capsule type of “Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose”?

There are 2 primary types of capsules used in dietary supplements: plant-based hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and animal-based gelatin. Unless otherwise noted, supplements that list “vegetable capsules”, “veggie caps”, “cellulose” etc. in their ingredients generally use capsules made of HPMC.

HPMC consists of purified water and plant cellulose. These capsules are naturally derived and 100% plant-based. Since HPMC is not derived from animal sources but plants, it is considered "vegan". HPMC capsules are frequently preferred by vegetarians and vegans over gelatin, and are deemed suitable to be classified as both Kosher and Halal products. 

HPMC is approved by the FDA and the EU, is non-toxic and is a common ingredient in many of our every day foods (breads, sauces, numerous gluten free foods, etc.). According to the United States Code of Federal Regulations; Good Manufacturing Practice, the federal code that governs the manufacture of nutritional supplements and herbals, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose is considered a safe and effective ingredient. 

Gelatin capsules are manufactured from the collagen of animal by-products including skin, bones, organs and connective tissues. They are much less expensive to produce, and can occasionally cause adverse reactions such as upset and bloated stomach.

7) Why does the Berberine supplement contain rice powder?

Without using an ingredient such as rice powder, during the manufacturing process the Berberine runs the risk of sticking to the machines and not evenly distributing the proper amounts of Berberine powder into each individual capsule. In order to avoid this, and to ensure each and every capsule contains no less than 500mg of pure Berberine powder, a minimal amount rice powder is included in our supplement. Our Berberine is continually monitored for purity, potency, effectiveness and safety.

Our rice powder is vegetarian friendly, gluten free and non-GMO.

Many supplements use the flow agent “magnesium stearate” in place of rice powder. We at PuraVance Essentials opt to use rice powder instead as a potentially healthier alternative.

8) Will the rice powder in the Berberine supplement impact my daily carb count?

Unless a tremendous number of supplements containing rice powders are consumed each day, the small amount of rice powder in our supplement should have little or no impact on carb counts.

The following are approximate measurements: There are 48 teaspoons in a cup. A cup of rice flour has 480 calories. There would be 10 calories in a teaspoon of rice flour. A capsule would hold possibly 1/8 teaspoon. There are 108 carbs in a cup of rice flour. That would be a little more than two carbs in a teaspoon and 1/4 carb in a capsule. Two capsules would be approximately 1/2 carb.

9) How do I know what dose of Berberine is best for me?

Please consult your healthcare professional to confirm whether 500mg, 1000mg, or 1500mg total per day is recommended for your needs. 

10) Some other Berberine supplements offer 450mg & 600mg per capsule, while yours offers 500mg per capsule. What dosage is best? 

Studies have shown the body receives optimum benefits at 500mg doses. While everyone's body composition is different, healthcare professionals most frequently recommend 500mg dosage. Higher doses can have poor intestinal uptake where excess milligrams are flushed away, and can also increase risk of gastrointestinal side effects. Don’t risk flushing your money down the drain & try our optimal 500mg dosage.

11) What does the “HCl” mean in the Berberine supplement ingredients?

We wanted to offer the most powerful and effective supplement possible. Our formula contains pure Berberine “HCl” (or “Hydrochloride”) as it is repeatedly shown to provide the best absorption and bioavailability in the body. The HCl helps ensure your body will reap the maximum benefits possible!