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Heard your friends talking up the merits of Barberry again? Opened TikTok to see another video discussing Berberine? So what exactly are these two things, how are they related and why are they attracting so much attention in health and wellness circles lately?
What is Berberine?
Berberine is a natural compound found in several plants, including Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), as well as Goldenseal and Chinese Goldthread. Whilst it may seem like the new kid on the block, Berberine has been used for centuries for various health-related purposes in both Traditional Chinese and WesternHerbal Medicine.
More technically speaking, Berberine is an alkaloid which is found in the Barberry plant’s bright yellow roots and bark. So while Berberine is a compound, Barberry is one of the plants that hosts that compound.
Why is Berberine Gaining Attention?
Lately, Berberine has piqued interest due to its potential health and wellness benefits in assisting with the breakdown of dietary fat, stimulating digestion and supporting digestive system function.
For these reasons, Berberine could be used by people who:
While Berberine’s rise to prominence in the wellness world is relatively recent, its use in traditional medicine spans centuries. Both Berberine and the Barberry plant offer intriguing benefits, especially concerning digestion and metabolic support.
Getting Berberine directly from foods like Barberry can be challenging. However, supplements can provide a more concentrated and accessible form of Berberine. As with any supplement or health-related choice, it’s important to be well-informed before adding any supplement to your routine or consult with a healthcare professional if required.
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