The plant that inspires the charming poem above is a Berberidaceae. This barberry family, with 575 species, includes herbs and shrubs that grow in most temperate parts of the world. Berberis, the barberry genus, is the family’s largest genus, with about 400 species and a distribution that covers nearly the entire range of the family. Many cultivated barberry shrubs are handsome, spiny evergreens, with yellow flowers followed by red berries, like in the poem.
Normally they have yellow wood, yellow, six-petaled flowers, and usually three-branched spines at the base of leafstalks. Its fruit is a red, yellow, blue, purple, or black berry, with one to several seeds. A little curiosity about this plant is that the cultivation of certain barberry species is prohibited in some regions because they harbour one of the spore stages of the fungus that causes black stem rust of wheat.
With the fruits of several species we can make delicious jellies and marmalades. Yellow dyes are extracted from some South American and Asian barberry plants. Species of Berberis are used as a nectar source for honeybees in western Asia. But, Iran is considered the place that berberries is most largely used in culinary - as in the dish Zereshk Polo or flavouring meat. Other common utility to these plants are as ornament in gardens or inside houses. Not forgetting that, because of the density of its branches, it is also used to grown up as a wall or division.
In this article, we will show you how this extraordinary and flexible plant can be applied to improve your health.
• Vitamins /Acids
• Diabetes/ High cholesterol
Reading articles about the benefits of Barberries, we found out that points, that we want you to consider:
Due to a huge amount of vitamin B in berberis, this complex of 9 vitamin that have a big role in the metabolism of our body - helping in anxiety, depression, nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver and mouth. Another vitamin that we can find in these plant is the vitamin C, which helps in cardiovascular diseases and inflammations. In berberis also there are a lot of acids which makes this fruit sour. These acids can help our body receiving iron.
Berberine is one of the oldest medicine used in Asia. So, people in China used berberine as medicine around 3000 BC and in ancient Chinese medical book The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic this alkaloid is mentioned. Barberry have a huge amount of this alkaloid, which also helps with heart failure.
Berberis also contains laxative. Laxatives are substances that loosen stools and helps bowel movements. So berberis is useful for treat or prevent constipation. In orient culture and medicine the intestine has a central role, and it’s totally not a taboo asking about that.
Some people also apply this medicine directly on the skin to treat burns. Barberry also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity that is really good for our skin. So, because of that, Barberry is really useful to help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.
Diabetes/ High cholesterol
Berberine in Barberry is also useful for diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol. According to many academic studies, Berberine seems to slightly reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Barberry is also useful to protect liver. Early research suggests that berberine can reduce fat in the blood and markers of liver damage in people with liver disease.
Berberine is also used to treat Trachoma, which is a disease of the eye caused by infection with bacterium Chlamydia. Trachoma is a really dangerous disease and it’s responsible for the blindness of visual impairment of about 1.9 million people. You can imagine how wonderful is Barberry which can help to treat this kind of disease. The blindness from trachoma is irreversible and treating it as well as possible is really important.
This fruit helps ease inflammation and infections like bladder and urinary tract infections, respiratory related issues such as sore throat and so on.
Barberry is also excellent for kidney stones and gallbladder problems.
As you can see, this plant has many properties that can help us improve our health. Your body would be really thankful, if you try do or eat things that can change your day-by-day into a better life style. Why not begin with a little step? Start by eating healthier, and also spreading the benefits of some foods, like in this article! So, you won’t need to have a drug pharmacy at home!