Ailment: Leaky gut
Berberine is an alkaloid found in plants such as barberry, berberis, goldenseal (hydrastis canadensis), and coptis chinensis. It can usually be harvested from the roots, rhizomes, stems, and bark. It has a strong yellow colour, and is used in traditional medicine, especially in northern India. It has a significant antioxidant content.
Berberine is a versatile and multi-faceted medicine. It has some effect against fungal and yeast infections, and bacteria and viruses, but is not a strong antibiotic.
Berberine prevents and suppresses inflammatory cytokines, it is effective in treating many inflammatory conditions. It has been successfully used to treat pro-inflammatory cytokines induced intestinal epithelia tight junction damage (leaky gut).
It lowers elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and has been used to treat heart disease.
As a cancer treatment, it seems to suppress the growth of a wide variety of tumour cells.
It acts as an antidepressant, and seems to protect against a wide variety of neurodegenerative disorders including depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and related diseases in which cognitive capabilities are affected, and Alzheimer’s disease.
It has been used to treat diabetes mellitus, and improve liver metabolism during insulin resistance.
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 22 November 2010 at 20:47 420
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