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Berberine

Berberine Heart Support

Berberine is found in the roots and stem bark of various plants and has been used for many years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

Uses:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Burns
  • Trachoma

Side Effects and Interactions

Berberine should not be given to children as their body is not able to metabolize it properly. Those who are pregnant or breast-feed should also not take berberine as it can be passed to the infant through the placenta or through breast milk.

Berberine should not be taken if you are taking cyclosporine or medications changed by the liver. Berberine can interfere with the speed the liver is able to breakdown certain products so should not be taken if you are taking medications metabolized by the liver.

Quick Facts

  • Berberine is a bitter-tasting, yellow, plant alkaloid that has long been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine
  • Many studies have pointed out that berberine has significant antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses, protozogans, helminths, and chlamydia
  • A clinical trial published in Metabolism found that "berberine works just as well as the top-selling drug for type 2 diabetes, metformin (Glucophage)"
  • Berberine has also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Cardiovascular effects of Berberine may make it useful in the treatment of arrhythmias and/or heart failure
  • Berberine improves bone density and preserves cartilage