Introduction

Barberry is a plant that is grown in Asia, North America, and Europe. Its leaves and berries can be turned into a juice, powder, pill, or used as a cream. It is often taken with milk thistle to help lower cholesterol.

Dosages

500 milligrams 1 to 2 times per day

What Research Shows

Likely Effective

  • High Cholesterol —may lower cholesterol, especially when taken with milk thistleC1-C4

May Be Effective

  • Diabetes —may help control blood glucose when used with milk thistle and standard careB1, B2
  • Metabolic syndrome —may lower cholesterolD1

Not Enough Data to Assess

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take barberry for a short period of time. Some studies show that it is safe to take barberry for a long period of time.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 07/2019 -
  • Update Date: 09/09/2019 -