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Berberine: A Staple In Traditional Medicines

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Posted on Apr 07, 2020, 5 p.m.

Berberine is a compound that can be found in various medicinal plants that has been studied due to many of its properties being beneficial to human health, but it has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. 

Berberine can be obtained from a variety of sources, and it is a powerful compound that is suggested to be able to influence the body at the molecular level. Traditional medicines believe that it has various modes of action within the body and can even cause changes within the cells. Scientists credit this compound with having multi-target effects that allow it to address several diseases with minimal side effects. 

Research published in Nature suggests that its antimicrobial activity is unique, and that it prevented methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus from forming biofilm as well as enhancing the bactericidal activity of antibiotics against MRSA. 

Research suggests that berberine can damage the cell membranes of bacteria and stop them from producing DNA and proteins so that this eventually causes their death. Berberine is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can help to neutralize oxidative stress. 

Along with helping to reduce inflammation it is known for lowering blood sugar levels as demonstrated in a study published in Endocrine Journal and another published in the journal Biochemistry and Cell Biology reporting that berberine may be a safe alternative to anti-diabetic drugs.

The most notable ability is that to help lower blood cholesterol levels. It may also help to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. According to researchers from Changchun University of Chinese Medicine berberine from Chinese goldthread can help to stop the growth of several cancers. 

Berberine is suggested to be able to be used to help treat a variety of health issues. It can be found in plant sources as well as in herbal supplements. Although it is considered to be generally safe for consumption it is best to consult with a certified medical professional for advice to make sure it will not interfere with medications or cause any complications. 

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