Reasons To Include Barberries In Your Diet

Barberries are incredibly nutritious, making them a highly recommended ingredient among healthy diets. They contain plant compounds that regulate blood sugar levels, help treat diarrhea, protect against metabolic syndrome and cancer, as well as improve dental health.

What Are Barberries?

Also known as Berberis vulgaris, barberry is a shrub that grows red berries. It is usually grown in Africa, Europe and Asia and may be purchased all around the world.

The berries of the plant have been used in traditional medicine since they has been known to alleviate digestive issues and prevent skin conditions and infections, according to Healthline.


Barberries are rich in fiber, carbohydrates and essential vitamins and nutrients. They are a good source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that protects against cellular damage, thereby preventing certain cancers and heart disease, as per a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

One-fourth cup of dried barberries, which weighs 28 grams, contains 89 calories, one gram of protein, one gram of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, three grams of fiber, 213 percent vitamin C and 15 percent iron of the Daily Value.

Barberries also contain minerals such as zinc, manganese and copper that boost immunity and prevent diseases. They also have pigments called anthocyanins that boost heart health and brain function.

Barberries are also high in berberine, a plant compound that has therapeutic effects. A study claimed that the component is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels and even has anti-inflammatory effects.

Below are the other health benefits barberries are capable of providing.

Helps Manage Diabetes

Berberine has been found to improve how the body’s cells respond to the hormone insulin responsible for the amount of sugar that circulates in your blood. It prevents diabetes or alleviates its symptoms since it aids in lowering blood sugar levels.

Treats Diarrhea

The high concentration of berberine also slows the transit of feces through the gut which prevents diarrhea. It also treats conditions caused by E. coli.

Prevents Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Barberries prevent obesity and regulate blood sugar, cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels which are common symptoms of the condition. Eating the fruit alleviates these health problems.

Improves Dental Health

Berberine also treats inflammatory dental diseases such as plaque buildup, gum irritation and swelling which are the common symptoms of gingivitis. In a study, those who applied barberry dental gel for 21 days reduced the presence of plaque in their mouth more than a placebo.

Barberries A branch of barberries during spring. Krzysztof Jaracz/Pixabay