May 24, 2016

European Barberry

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How does European Barberry work?

European barberry contains chemicals that might cause stronger heartbeat. It also might help fight inflammation.

Are there safety concerns?

The fruit of European barberry is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in food amounts. There is not enough information to know if European barberry is safe in medicinal amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Children: European barberry is LIKELY UNSAFE for newborn infants when taken by mouth. It contains a chemical called berberine, which can cause brain damage, especially in premature babies who are jaundiced. Jaundice is a condition caused by too much bilirubin in the baby's system. Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells. Jaundice makes the skin and eyes of affected infants look yellow. Don't expose children to European barberry.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don't use European barberry by mouth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is LIKELY UNSAFE for your baby. The berberine in European barberry can pass from a mother's body into her unborn child through the placenta. Brain damage has developed in newborns exposed to berberine. Similarly, berberine, as well as other harmful chemicals in European barberry, can be transferred to an infant through breast milk, and might cause brain damage.

Bleeding disorder: European barberry contains a chemical called berberine. Berberine might slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. In theory, European barberry might make bleeding disorders worse.

Diabetes: European barberry contains a chemical called berberine. Berberine might lower blood sugar levels. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use European barberry in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Low blood pressure: European barberry contains a chemical called berberine. Berberine might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking European barberry might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.

Surgery: European barberry contains a chemical called berberine. There is concern that berberine from European barberry might prolong bleeding, slow down the nervous system, and interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking European barberry at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


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