366 – Weight Loss and Blood Sugar Support

Clinically studied PGX and Berberine can make the difference.

Losing weight and managing blood sugar are challenging for many consumers. There are many issues that affect weight and each person must examine their lifestyle to best understand the lifestyle choices that affect them uniquely. To have success one must attend to those; diet, exercise, mindfulness and committing to good choices are prerequisites to success. Nutritional supplements are adjuncts to a weight and blood sugar management regimen.

In this interview Dr. Rhéaume describes two nutrients, PGX (polyglycoplex)and Berberine and how they are used to support weight and blood sugar management.*

PGX (Polyglycoplex)

PGX is a unique fiber that has amazing benefits for weight loss and blood sugar support.* Another benefit of PGX is supporting healthy cholesterol levels.* If you are challenged by these issues, you should consider PGX. I have two previous interviews on PGX with Dr. Michael Murray and Dr. Michael Lyon. Listen to these three interviews and you will have an excellent overview and understanding about PGX and how to use it effectively.

If you would like additional information go to PGX.com. There you can learn about the science behind PGX. You can also download the PBX Basic Quick Start program which can help you get started. PGX is available in capsules, powder and drink mixes. You can use them interchangeably. The Basic Quick Start Program will explain how they can be used. Click here to download the Quick Start Program.


The second nutrient discussed by Dr. Rhéaume is berberine. Berberine is a naturally occurring plant alkaloid found in various plants, including barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape. Many herbalists credit this unique alkaloid for the beneficial effects of many traditional tonics made from these plants. Berberine plays an important role in blood sugar (glucose) metabolism and cardiovascular health.* Berberine helps maintain healthy blood sugar and total cholesterol levels already within the normal range.*

Natural Factors Berberine is a great example of the challenges consumers face in finding quality natural products. Natural products are regulated by FDA, however FDA has done a very poor job of identifying and removing illegal nutritional products. It is truly a buyers beware marketplace. You have to find the good companies and good products.

Why testing finished goods matters

Here are the results of a recent closer look into the berberine marketplace. This reveals why testing of finished goods is critical. This is why I constantly press this point; you must identify credible and reliable companies in order to find effective products. Natural Factors Berberine was the only product exclusively in the natural products channel that met label claims.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Here are the links for Google Scholar searches. See what the science reveals.



Dr. Kate Rhéaume, ND

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Dr. Kate Rhéaume is a graduate and former faculty member of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is an author and naturopathic doctor and lectures internationally on many topics related to health and wellness, and is a frequent guest on radio and television across North America. She is the author of the best-selling book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life.

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Today, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in North America. But our origins reach back to the 1950s, and right from day one, we’ve always been fully committed to making products right. We are not a public company with shareholders to impress. Instead, we care about impressing you.

Over the past 50 years, our customers have come to trust Natural Factors products. That trust is built on our dedication to formulating safe and effective products and manufacturing them to the highest quality standards, day in and day out.

One of the things that set Natural Factors apart from others in our industry is the breadth of knowledge represented by the scientific experts that work for us. Drawn from around the world and chosen for their unique training and background, our scientists and quality control specialists are recognized experts in their fields.

Factors Farms are certified organic, we don’t pollute the earth with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Our crops are fertilized only with compost and nitrogen-rich sea plants. We grow true “species” non-hybridized, non-GMO seeds, including many open-pollinated varieties. Growing locally also helps reduce carbon emissions from overseas transportation, and keep jobs in the community.

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