Tart and a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants, barberries are an unsung hero of fruit. These jewel-like berries come from a thorny shrub that can be found in various forms all over the world, but is particularly popular in Middle Eastern cooking.
Barberries contain a special compound called berberine, whichhas been shown to fight viruses and bacteria. This makes our barberry brown rice dish the perfect addition to any meal during cold and flu season.
Other benefits of barberries?
Promotes GI Health.In fact, inone study, barberry was an effective remedy for diarrhea.Ew, but, you know,yay,too!
Heart Health & Weight Loss. When obese participants ofa study were given 500 mg of the berberine found in barberries three times a day for three months, they lost an average of 5lb while also showing a reduction of triglyceride levels by 23% and cholesterol levels by 12.2%. Inanother study, participants dropped their BMIs from 31.5 to 27.4 and lost on average two inches around their waists thanks to daily doses of berberine.
Lower Blood Sugar.Yep, berberine has alsobeen shown to significantly lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, helping with hypoglycemia.
Boosts Liver Health. Barberry has been shown to help protect your liver and evenrepair damage due to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Whew, that's a lot from one unassuming berry. The downside? You won't be able to find barberries at most grocery stores, but you can order them from Amazon, or get them at most Iranian or Middle Eastern speciality shops.
Ready to get cooking? Let's go!
Enjoy this savoury take on a traditional Persian dish. We've just simplified it a little, so you can enjoy thisclean, healthy meal, faster. This recipe makes 4 servings so make a lot, and then save for later.
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