On social media, Berberine, a natural compound found in several plants, is the latest supplement craze, gaining attention as a “natural” weight loss option.

Two of the side effects with this supplement can include diarrhea and gastrointestinal upset but also may include constipation, nausea or abdominal discomfort or swelling.

Advocates for Berberine claim it may help suppress appetite, lower cholesterol, aid in gut health and control blood sugar and blood pressure, but experts caution about a lack of sufficient data and oversight for the pill.

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