Candi Free - Berberine and Coptis - 90 Tablets
CandiFree is formulated to support a healthy microbial balance and a healthy intestinal environment.
One serving of this product delivers 400 mg of berberine hydrochloride (derived from botanical berberis species) along with premium extracts of Coptis and Indian Barberry Root both of which encourage the body to purge unwanted toxic compounds.
Furthermore, Candi Free offers a proprietary formula of Chinese tonic herbs including ginger, licorice, and rhubarb to enhance the efficacy of other herbs within the formula.
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 45
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Coptis (Coptis chinensis) Root & Rhizome 12:1 Extract (containing berberine) 30 mg *
Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium) Root 4:1 Extract 70 mg *
Berberine HCI 400 mg *
A 4:1 proprietary extract of:
Coptis (Coptis chinensis) Root & Rhizome, Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) Root, Phellodendron (Phellodendron chinense) Bark, Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Rhizome, Chinese Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) Root, Chinese Rhubarb (Rheum officinale) Root & Rhizome 300 mg *
*Daily Value Not Established
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, silica, stearic acid (vegetable), magnesium stearate (vegetable), coating (water, hypromellose, medium chain triglycerides, and hydroxypropylcellulose)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is berberine?
Common in traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Native American medicine, plants that contain berberine include philodendron, goldthread, goldenseal, Oregon grape, European barberry, Coptis, and tree turmeric.
Berberine is being studied as a treatment for weight loss, high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Research shows that the body’s response to insulin is better with berberine and it prevents the liver from producing more glucose.
- Berberine has been shown to reduce the risk of mortality from heart disease without any side effects, and it may benefit people with certain heart conditions as it can strengthen the heartbeat.
- Berberine has also been shown to lower blood glucose levels in diabetics.
- Berberine may lower total cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides in people with hypercholesterolemia.
- What is coptis good for?
Coptis is the root or underground stem of the plant Coptis chinensis. Berberine is the main alkaloid compound of C. chinensis. Coptis (Coptis chinensis) is a plant native to China, a cousin to the herb goldenseal in North America. Coptis is considered one of the 50 fundamental Chinese herbs used to address health conditions of the gastrointestinal system, heart, lungs, and liver.
Like goldenseal, Coptis contains berberine, a plant alkaloid studied extensively for its many pharmacological effects. For instance, the antioxidant properties of berberine may enhance immune function. Berberine also has antimicrobial activity and effectively counters several pathogens. Berberine also checks various bacteria and fungi.
Coptis has antibacterial, antiviral, antipyretic, anticancer, antidiarrheal, antigastric ulcer, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antiplatelet aggregation, anti-arteriosclerosis, and anti-arrhythmia properties. It also has hypoglycemic, immunomodulatory, and spasmolytic activity (Peng et al., 2006a).
- How do you know if your intestines are healthy?
Signs of a healthy gut include:
- You don’t have abdominal pain or excess gas and bloating.
- You don’t have diarrhea, constipation, or loose stools.
- Another sign of a healthy gut includes no rectal symptoms like hemorrhoids.
- Your bowel movements are healthy in appearance.
- You have a pain-free bowel movement anywhere between three times a day to three times a week.
- Your gut transit time (the time it takes to digest a meal) isn’t too long or too short (average is around 28 hours).
- You eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes which are the best sources of nutrients for a healthy microbiome. They are naturally high in fiber, which you can't digest. However, there are certain good bacteria in your gut that can digest fiber, which stimulates their growth.
- What does your microbiome say about you?
The microbiome is the collective genomes (genetic instructions) of the microbes that include bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa, and viruses in the human body. Your gut alone is home to 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria that contain around 2 million genes!
Your family genetic history, your environment, the medicine you take, and your diet all factor into what kinds of microbiota live in the colon. All of these factors create a unique microbiome for each individual.
Not only do these bacteria help you digest food, but they also contribute to your overall well-being. Research suggests your gut bacteria are tied to your probability of things like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, depression, autism, colon cancer, and arthritis.
- How do you keep your microbiome balanced?
Maintaining a balanced microbiome contributes to better overall health and immune function. By making appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, you can increase the number and diversity of microbes in your gut.
Ways to get healthy gut bacteria include:
- Eat a balanced diet of fiber-rich foods including plentiful fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A “western” diet that is low in fiber and high in fat and sugar can kill certain types of gut bacteria.
- Eat prebiotic fiber
- Eat fermented foods
- Limit sugar and artificial sweeteners
- Avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily which can kill healthy bacteria
- Take probiotics
- Exercise encourages the growth of a variety of gut bacteria
- Get enough sleep
- Stop smoking
- Reduce stress
- Limit the use of disinfectants
- What foods should you avoid for a healthy gut?
The bacteria in your digestive tract have an effect on many aspects of your general health. And if they get out of whack, they can wreak havoc on every system of your body. Consuming prebiotic and probiotic foods and avoiding certain foods can get your gut back on track.
Limit processed and refined (junk) foods, fried foods, alcohol, dairy, sugary treats and beverages, refined oils, gluten, too much fiber, and spicy foods.
It all comes down to eating lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains for prebiotics (food for the bacteria) and fermented foods like yogurt and kombucha for probiotics (good bacteria). Eat processed foods in moderation and limit added salt, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol to maintain your healthy gut and reduce your risk of disease.