Ber-ber-ine is a bioactive quaternary ammonium salt found widely in the berberis plants. The strong yellow color of the plant makes it popular among the beautiful and most vibrant varieties of the plants. It is presently famous in the world of medicine as the chemical that possesses anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties and can reverse or prevent the detrimental effects of the Alzheimer’s disease. Here is some more information on the natural plant chemical Ber-ber-ine.

Varieties of Plants

The Ber-ber-ine chemical is obtained from the berberis variety of plants. This variety includes Berberis vulgaris, Berberis aristata, Oregon-grape, Xanthorhiza simplicissima, prickly poppy plant, Californian poppy plant and the Coptis chinensis. These are the few main plants that offer the berberine salt.

The parts of the plant rich in this chemical are the stems, roots, bark and the rhizomes. The seeds are cultivated in the ideal land under ideal temperature and weather condition. As the plant grows, these parts are obtained to extract the Ber-ber-ine compound.

Properties of the chemical

Since the past 3000 years, the plants producing Ber-ber-ine are known and chemical used or various purposes. The properties are studied and it suggests that Ber-ber-ine is slowly soluble in the water solvent. Its melting point is 145 degree Celsius and the molar mass is 336.37 g mol-1.

Uses of Ber-ber-ine

The use of this salt chemical is divided into two main categories. One includes the medicinal uses while the other category is its use in textile industry for dying purpose.

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