Currently one of the five best-selling plants in the United States, the Canadian barberry—known botanically as Hydrastis canadensis—has a long and illustrious history. The dried root of the Canadian barberry has been used in herbal medicine for centuries as a reliable dietary supplement for digestive problems, colds and mild inflammation. Colonial Americans (who were introduced to the benefits of the plant by the Iroquois tribe) also relied on it. As is often the case, modern science is finally "catching up". Preliminary research have supported the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial potential of Canadian barberry (if clinical studies are still limited). It turns out that the plant contains active ingredients, such as berberine, which have healthy properties. Let's look at three of the most convincing.

Research supports the benefits of gold coin for urinary tract health

It's no secret that problems with urinary tract discomfort are widespread. In fact, half of all women will experience at least one episode in their lifetime, and some will suffer from repeated infections. Even worse, many women find that current medical care for urinary tract health problems is not helping. According to a 2021 study published in the Journal of Urology, women with recurrent urinary tract pain report feeling helpless, hopeless, misunderstood by doctors and worried about being bombarded with antibiotics (a valid concern in today's era of increasing antibiotic resistance). It turns out that berberine, an alkaloid compound found in Canadian barberries, helps reduce the “stickiness” of bacteria, making them less likely to stick to the cells of the bladder wall. A study published in 2017 in the Journal of Chemotherapy found that a plant extract containing berberine, arbutin, birch, and a natural sugar known as D-mannose caused a lower incidence of recurrent cystitis in participants compared to those who did not. take berberine. Phytotherapists may also recommend Canadian barberry extract for Candida control. Although this fungus is normally found in the body, excessive amounts can cause fungal overgrowth.

A reason to smile: The berberine in Canadian barberry can help promote a healthy mouth

It's no coincidence that Canadian barberry appears in many natural oral health products, such as mouthwashes. In addition to berberine, this unique herb contains the alkaloid compounds hydrastine and canadine, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. Phytotherapists have long recognized the purifying and antimicrobial properties of Canadian barberry and advised it to relieve sore, inflamed gums. And many biological dentists believe that it can help protect against dental infections. One review found that an herbal rinse containing Canadian barberry reduced the growth of bacteria responsible for dental plaque and gingivitis, which is why the reviewers rated the herb as "beneficial in maintaining oral health." You can make your own mouthwash by steeping two tablespoons of the dried herb in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Once the liquid has cooled, it is ready to use as a mouthwash and gargle.

Benefits of goldenseal include promoting digestive health

In test-tube studies, berberine has been shown to inhibit both E. coli – which can cause diarrhea – and H. pylori, which is involved in the development of stomach ulcers. Other test-tube studies suggest that Canadian barberry extracts are effective against the bacteria responsible for inflammation of the stomach and intestinal tract, leading to diarrhea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. In a study published in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine, scientists reported that an herbal preparation containing berberine was effective in supporting optimal gut health. Finally, the bitter properties of Canadian barberries stimulate the secretion of bile, which is necessary for proper digestion.

Beware of pretenders who "disguise themselves" as golden seals

Canadian barberry extract is available in capsules, tablets and tinctures – as well as eye drops, lotions and sprays. Some formulations also contain Echinacea, which is believed to work well with Canadian Barberry. Buy Canadian barberry extract only from reputable sellers – and check labels carefully to make sure that's what you're getting, the Latin name Hydrastis canadensis is correct. Some products, mislabeled as Canadian barberry, may contain other – usually less expensive – herbs such as barberry, Chinese goldenrod, "Chinese" goldenrod (not the same substance), and mahonia root. Phytoterpeuts usually recommend amounts of goldenseal from 0.5 grams to 10 grams per day – but consult your doctor before taking supplements. Remember: Canadian Barberry should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. KAnadian barberry is a versatile plant that gives new meaning to the term "golden old". After centuries of use, it continues to naturally support health and well-being in today's busy, challenging times.

Sources for this article include:

Healthline.com
NIH.gov
NIH.gov
EverydayHealth.com

 

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