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The benefits and harms of barberry

What are the benefits of barberry

Useful properties of barberry are the substances contained in this plant:

In leaves, bark and roots of barberry, there are about eleven alkaloids, which are used for the manufacture of drugs. The most valuable of them is barberin, oxycontin and containing. Also contain vitamins E and C.

The berries of barberry contain malic, tartaric and citric acids, useful pectin, mineral salts, carotene, large amounts of vitamin K and C.

Pectins bind the salts of heavy metals and some other harmful compounds, so the barberry effectively cleanses the body.



Barberin that rich this plant normalizes heart rhythms and lowers blood pressure. It is able to constrict blood vessels, so it is very useful for women suffering from uterine bleeding. In addition, the preparations made on its basis, have long been used for the treatment of drug addiction and schizophrenia.

The berries of barberry contain substances that have anti-inflammatory effects, so they successfully struggling with ulcers of the stomach and duodenum. Due to the high content of vitamins they help with scurvy. Berries are used as a sudorific in malaria.

Despite the fact that barberry has many useful properties, in some cases, its use is undesirable. So it is better not give to children under twelve years of age and people suffering from allergies to the components contained in this plant. Barberry and drugs, in which it is contained, is contraindicated in pregnant women and women suffering from bleeding during menopause and after childbirth