Berberine is a bioactive compound that comes from a group of plants called Berberis. As a chemical it is classified as an alkaloid. Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions have promoted it medicinally for many years as a treatment for a variety of health disorders.
Typically taken orally, berberine affects the body at the molecular level and is thought to play a role in helping people with health conditions that include:
- Bacterial infections
- Blood sugar levels
- High blood pressure