Berberine acts as a natural antibiotic

Reader’s Question: Isn’t what you call “Emperor’s Salt” just Berberine? What else can it do besides lower my blood sugar?

Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: Berberine is a major active component (for the technically inclined, a “plant alkaloid”) of actually several herbs, including goldenseal, Oregon grape, barberry, and Coptis chinensis (“Chinese goldthread”).

The Chinese have used it for literally thousands of years – and, as I’ve mentioned many times here in my Health eTips, the tremendous potential of Berberine (Emperor’s Salt, or coptic salt) has been shown in the modern scientific literature, too.

In fact, it can slash the blood sugar levels of diabetics so well, it’s gone head-to-head with metformin!

But since Berberine is a powerful multitasking herb, that’s not all it can do.

It’s been heralded for its ability to cleanse and purify – and this “natural antibiotic” deals a serious blow to common infectious organisms, like “staph,” “strep,” diphtheria, salmonella, cholera, diplococcus pneumoniae, pseudomonas, candida, trichomonas, and many others.

The power of Berberine doesn’t stop there, though. It’s been also shown to fight cancer!

This remarkable compound interferes with the signaling mechanisms of cancer cells, triggering the cells to essentially “commit suicide” in a process known as apoptosis.

In one in vitro study using myeloma cells, Berberine was found to hasten cell death by actually changing the DNA of the cancer cell, causing an important form of metabolism in the cells to slow down.

There are literally hundreds of scientific articles in the literature documenting the effects of berberine on malignant cells.

And because it has zero toxicity of its own, the body can easily absorb it – without causing side effects.

Although Berberine is available in other forms, I recommend taking 500mg capsules, which you can get at health food stores and compounding pharmacies. Take 1 to 2 capsules two times daily or as recommended by your health care practitioner.

What’s on your mind? Send your questions to me at, and I might choose yours to answer next.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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