Berberine IR

Flip your switch. Berberine, extracted from Indian barberry root, helps activate an enzyme that helps cells use glucose more efficiently. It goes a long way to supporting a healthy gut biome. Switch your cells from “idle” to “on” with Berberine. Make sure yours is non-GMO and harvested high in the Himalayas in pure, potassium-rich soil for maximum efficacy. 

  • Supports healthy glucose metabolism   
  • Promotes a healthy gut biome 
  • May support cholesterol levels within the normal range 
  • Wild-crafted by local Himalayan harvesters and proudly non-GMO 

What is Berberine?

Berberine is a plant alkaloid (naturally occurring chemical compound) found in a variety of plants such as Oregon grape, barberry, goldenseal, Chinese goldthread, prickly poppy and Californian poppy. In source plants, berberine is typically found abundantly in root, rhizome and bark tissue. Our source of berberine is Indian barberry.

What does Berberine do?

Berberine IR naturally supports healthy blood glucose levels by up-regulating enzymes that trigger blood glucose metabolism. Berberine IR helps reduce the levels of systemic endotoxins (lipopolysaccharides), a key trigger for a number of undesired biological effects. This ability explains why it can have so many reported beneficial properties.

What role does endotoxemia play in blood sugar metabolism?

Diets high in carbohydrates can lead to increased growth of bacteria in the gut that produce large amounts of endotoxins. These endotoxins can enter the bloodstream and set off a systemic response that can cascade into numerous other problems, including interference with proper glucose metabolism. Current research suggests that Berberine IR can help selectively alter the gut bacteria and reduce the number of endotoxins produced, thus helping to support proper glucose metabolism.

Why Our Berberine?

The Himalayan Mountains provide rich biodiversity, featuring a host of natural plant life. Berberis aristata flourishes in this region and the adjoining hill country. The root’s berberine content and activity has been found to be dependent on the altitude at which the plant grows and its soil content: it thrives in a potassium-rich environment.  

Our relationship with our berberine supplier goes back more than 15 years. It includes active involvement with the farming community and wild crafters, and a personal audit of their processing facilities. Our berberine is non-GMO verified and Kosher- and Halal-certified. 

The Story behind Berberine

Berberis aristata is an Indian medicinal plant from the family Berberidaceae. This Ayurvedic shrub was used anciently by many cultures. The Egyptians used barberry fruit for immune support. In India, they used barberry fruit to help balance the fluid levels in the bowel. Russian proponents used barberry for circulatory concerns. And in Iran, they employed it for its ability to settle and soothe the circulatory and nervous systems. Other names for this species include Indian berberi, tree turmeric, jaundice berry, Daruharidra and Darvi. Native to the mountains of India and Nepal, it now grows in temperate climates across Europe, Asia and America.


Berberine extracted from Indian barberry root (Berberis aristata)


Take 1 capsule three times daily before a meal.

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 For more information Contact:

Karen Olerich, Herb Specialist
Phone: (719) 495-4930

Web:  Nature’s Sunshine Products

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