Arzneimittelforschung 2007; 57(1): 26-30
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1296582
Lipid Reducers
Editio Cantor Verlag Aulendorf (Germany)

Eulipidemic Effects of Berberine Administered Alone or in Combination with Other Natural Cholesterol-lowering Agents

A single-blind clinical investigation
Arrigo F. G. Cicero
1   “G. Descovich” Atherosclerosis and Dysmetabolic Disease Research Center, “D. Campanacci” Clinical Medicine and Applied Biotechnology Department, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Lucio C. Rovati
2   Rotta Research Laboratorium, Division of Rottapharm S.p.A., Monza, Italy
Ivo Setnikar
2   Rotta Research Laboratorium, Division of Rottapharm S.p.A., Monza, Italy
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Publication Date:
21 December 2011 (online)


Berberine (BERB) and a combination (COMB) of berberine (CAS 2086-83-1) with policosanol (CAS 557-61-9), red yeast extract (containing monacolin, CAS 557-61-9), folic acid and astaxanthin were orally administered daily for 4 weeks to 40 subjects with moderate dyslipidemias divided in two parallel groups each of 20 subjects. Total cholesterol (TC), LDL, HDL, Non HDL, ApoB, ApoA, Lp(a) and triglycerides (TG) were measured before and at the end of treatments. BERB and COMB significantly reduced TC (respectively by 16% and 20%), LDL (by 20% and 25%), ApoB (by 15 % and 29 %) and TG (by 22 % and 26%), and increased HDL (by 6.6% and 5.1 %). Adverse events or impairments of liver transaminases or of CPK were not observed.

In conclusion, food supplements containing natural products such as berberine, policosanol, red yeast extracts, folic acid and astaxanthin could be a useful support to diet and life style changes to correct dyslipidemias and to reduce cardiovascular risk in subjects with moderate mixed dyslipidemias.