The first time I heard the term barberry was in an interview with the BBC, in 2007, but it’s taken me more than a decade to fully appreciate its medicinal benefits.
Barberry is a native shrub from eastern Europe and northern Africa, and is used as an herbal medicine in China, India, Japan and the United States.
In China, the herb is said to contain the same alkaloids found in traditional Chinese medicine.
Barberries contain the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties of the Chinese herb.
Its leaves are used to treat a range of medical conditions including: constipation, hay fever, asthma, and bronchitis.
But the most common way barberry is used in the West is as a dietary supplement, according to Dr. David Dabrowski, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Davis.
“Barberry contains compounds called carotenoids, which are known to be antioxidant and antiinflammatory,” Dr. Dabrowksi said in a statement.
“It also contains vitamin E, which is thought to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.”
The barberry extract is also known to contain caffeine, and has also been shown to have medicinal properties in animal studies.
A study published in 2014 found that the barberry extracted from the plants in which it was grown had anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiobesity properties.
But that study also noted that the study’s barberry plant was a “non-native” species that had never been cultivated in the U.S.
Dabrowsky said barberries have been used in Europe and Asia for millennia, but that the Western world has been “really in the forefront of barberry usage.”
He explained that the word “barberry” is derived from the French word “barré” meaning “wood” or “wooden,” which refers to the tree that grows on the forest floor that the herb was originally grown on.
The term “barberries” came to be in English in the 18th century, when the word barber became popular in the United Kingdom. In the U