Barberries,commonly known as barberry, is a large genus of deciduous and evergreen shrubs from 1–5 m tall, found throughout temperate and subtropical regions of the world. Species diversity is greatest in South America and Asia; Europe, Africa and North America have native species as well.
Barberries are highly nutritious. They are rich in carbs,fiber, and several vitamins and minerals.
In particular, the berries are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that may help protect against cellular damage, which can lead to heart disease and cancer.
Barberries contain a high concentration of berberine, a therapeutic compound with antioxidant activity that may provide several health benefits.
Studies suggest that supplemental berberine and barberry extract can lower your blood sugar levels and may help treat diabetes.
Berberine may prevent diarrhea by slowing transit time in the gut. Thus, eating berberine-rich barberries might help treat diarrhea. However, more studies are needed.
Barberries have been shown to improve your risk factors for metabolic syndrome and decrease oxidative stress associated with it.
berberine is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, dental gels containing barberry may help fight gingivitis and related inflammation of the mouth. However, research is still limited.
Berberine may help protect against cancer through different mechanisms and has been shown to slow cancer progression in test-tube studies.
barberries can be added to jams and salads and used to make tea. Barberry supplements come in various forms and should be used with caution, especially in high doses and among certain populations, such as children.
- Calories: 89
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: 1 gram
- Carbs: 18 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Vitamin C: 213% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Iron: 15% of the DV