Properties of barberry
1. Resolves infections
According to studies in the field of barberry, it has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-protozoan properties. Barberry can prevent infections by preventing bacteria attachment to human cells. As properties of barberry, it is used to treat inflammation and various infections in the body. Barberry is effective for improving bladder infections, urinary tract infections and gastrointestinal infections. Barberry fruit is more effective in resolving urinary tract infections than its root. Barberry helps to improve sore throats, nasal congestion, sinusitis and bronchitis, and some other common respiratory disorders. Another property of barberry is that it helps to treat infections caused by Candida skin fungus.
2. Helps the health of the gastrointestinal tract
Barberry helps to prevent diarrhea, indigestion and other digestive problems. Berberine helps to improve digestion and reduce gastrointestinal pain by helping the smooth muscles that cover the surface of the intestine. According to some studies, barberry can solve digestive problems faster than antibiotics due to its astringent properties. Berberine can improve bacterial diarrhea without side effects, according to a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
3. Treats diarrhea
According to studies in the field of barberry plant, barberry can resolves infections due to bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Berberine resolves infections through stimulating the production of white blood cells called macrophages. In alternative medicine, barberry is mainly used to treat bacterial diarrhea, travelers’ diarrhea, intestinal parasitic infections, and chronic candidiasis (thrush). To improve these problems, it is recommended to use barberry capsules containing 5 to 12% of the isoquinoline alkaloid.
4. Improves indigestion
To help for treating indigestion, barberry liquid forms such as barberry juice or barberry tea are recommended for patients. To improve indigestion, it is recommended to use barberry 15 to 20 minutes before eating meal.
5. Prevention and cure of diabetes
The positive effects of barberry on blood sugar have been proven and changed it to an excellent choice for preventing or improving diabetes. In a study, the effect of taking 500 mg of berberine in barberry against metformin (a common diabetes drug) for 3 months was compared. Berberine acts same as metformin in controlling blood sugar and fat burning. This led researchers name barberry as a natural food with the potential ability to control diabetes.
Subsequent studies shown that berberine can improve disorders related to the metabolism of fats and glucose. Berberine can improve insulin sensitivity in individuals by regulating the secretion of adipokines (proteins that signal cells). Adipokines can be effective in improving inflammation and insulin resistance.
6. Helps to heart health
Contributing to heart health is the properties of barberry. The properties of barberry have been proven on heart health. Barberry helps to control high blood pressure, treat coronary artery disease, heart arrhythmias and heart muscle disease. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which (usually due to poor circulation) the heart beats get fast and irregularly. Some alternative medicine methods such as yoga, acupuncture, biofeedback (the way we learn to control body functions such as heart beat with the mind) and herbal supplements such as barberry supplements can be effective in treating atrial fibrillation.
According to a study conducted in 2015, the active alkaloid barberry (berberine) can help improve atrial fibrillation by creating a biochemical reaction in the heart. According to this study, berberine can act as an antiarrhythmic mediator in the body. However, conclusive evidence of berberine benefits in improving atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter requires further clinical trials in humans. Barberry can also help to maintain heart health as well as general body health by reducing the existence cholesterol in serum and blood.
7. Combating with fuel syndrome
Another property of barberry is, combating against metabolic syndrome. Fuel syndrome is a fuel disorder. The criteria for diagnosing this disease is the existence of at least 3 or more of the following cases:
- Abdominal obesity;
- High blood sugar;
- High triglyceride;
- High blood pressure;
8. Cleansing and detoxification of the gallbladder and liver
The liver detoxifies our blood and helps to digest fats, break down hormones, and store vitamins, minerals, and iron by producing bile. The main function of the gallbladder is to store bile rich in cholesterol, which is secreted by the liver. Bile helps the body to digest fatty foods. Barberry cleanses the liver and gallbladder. Berberine can also act as a laxative through helping to secrete bile and regulating digestive processes.