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Chinen Salt : Is It Really That Good For Diabetes?

Chinen Salt isn’t Cooking Salt

First of all, Chinen Salt isn’t a table or cooking salt although it sounds like one. chinen salt is not a salt in the culinary sense. It taste extremely bitter and we suggest not to used in cooking.

What Is Chinen Salt

Chinen salt is made from berberine chloride, a salt compound that’s found in plants and herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine and Indian medicine for more than three thousand years.

This traditional herb was also found and recorded in the “Shennong’s Materia Medical“, which is at the eastern Han Dynasty (25-200 year).


Chinen Salt are very common in Chinese tradition medical. But in the field of Western nutritional supplements, it was commonly used to dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high blood lipid. And now we can also easily to found it existence in the trending anti aging or weight loss supplements.

Chinen Salt is a magical herb that capable to compare to the effects of drugs but in nature form.

Medicinal Preparations

Medicinal preparations with berberine derived from Chinese goldthread, such as chinen salt, are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to detoxing and treat diabetes.

However, in the western country, these preparations are typically sold under names other than chinen salt, such as Chinese coptis, Coptis chinensis, Coptidis Rhizoma, and Chinese goldthread. Some may also be labeled as Huang Lian, the Chinese name for this plant. 

These supplements are available as pills, powders, and liquid extracts.

The name chinen salt is rarely used on products derived from Chinese goldthread, which may contribute to the confusion about how the product is used.

Health Benefit Of Chinen Salt (berberine chloride)

Treat Diabetes

One of the most impressive studies is: researcher found that by taking 500 mg of berberine a day, 2 to 3 times a day for three months, and comparing it with people taking the diabetes drug — Metformin, it was found that berberine can control blood sugar and lipid metabolism as effectively as Metformin!!!

Studies have also shown that berberine can improve insulin sensitivity by regulating the secretion of adipokines and help prevent kidney damage effectively.

Reduce Cholesterol

A study published in the journal 【Cell Metabolism】showed that berberine can reduce serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Statins (conventional medications for high cholesterol) may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, while berberine has the opposite effect. The combined administration of berberine and red yeast rice can provide broader cholesterol protection and reduce the risk of adverse reactions.

Weight Loss

Currently available weight-loss drugs are limited in terms of effectiveness and side effects, and many researchers are looking for natural weight-loss drugs.

Following these concept of thinking, scientists discovered that berberine is one of the few compounds known to activate AMPK (an enzyme in human cells, usually called the “metabolic master switch”).

AMPK activation can promote fat burning in mitochondria, thereby reducing body fat accumulation. Scientists believe that berberine is an effective lipid-lowering compound with a moderate weight loss effect!!

Treat Intestinal Infections

Berberine can reverse the lack of intestinal barrier by promoting the growth of Akkermansia muciniphila, and absorb the subsequent intestinal toxins, thereby improving the intestinal barrier, reducing the circulating level of intestinal toxins, and significantly reducing inflammation.

Because of this, berberine is effective in treating bacterial gastroenteritis, diarrhea and other digestive diseases.

Research in recent years has shown that berberine plays a role in preventing neurological diseases, supporting heart health and promoting lung health.

The Bottom Line

Chinen salt is one of many names for supplements containing Chinese goldthread (Coptis chinensis), an herb that may have anti-diabetes effects.

Human and animal research has indicated that berberine, the active compound in chinen salt, may help lower blood sugar levels and protect against type 2 diabetes complications.

Although the current evidence about berberine anti-aging is not very sufficient, especially the gap in clinical trials has yet to be filled, but in view of the excellent reputation of berberine, the affordable price, and the actual curative effect, its potential is still very huge.

However, more extensive research is needed. Talk with your healthcare provider before trying these supplements.

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