Berberis vulgaris – a shrub also known as European barberry. It shows a wide range of health benefits and its therapeutic properties have been used for ages in traditional East European herbalism.
Barberry is used very often to support digestive function. It stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, may reduce symptoms of diarrhoea and increases digestive capacity. It may optimise the lipid profile.
Barberry is also used commonly to treat infections. It is believed to have antipyretic and antibiotic properties and may thus help treat different kinds of illnesses. It contains large amounts of vitamin C with a positive impact on the body’s immune capacity.
What is more, berberry is a natural source of the alkaloid called berberine. This compound speeds up body fat reduction through many mechanisms. It stimulates AMPK activation and thus promotes fat burning and increases insulin sensitivity, thereby supporting normal carbohydrate metabolism. In addition, berberine may influence beneficially emotional states.