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Can you pay for berberine with an HSA?

Are you wondering if you can pay for berberine with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.

No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for berberine. In fact, if you do pay for berberine with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.

More details about berberine

Berberine is a dietary supplement derived from plants such as barberry, tree turmeric, Oregon grape, goldenseal, yellowroot, Amur cork tree, Chinese goldthread, prickly poppy, and Californian poppy.

Berberine is purported to have positive effects on blood sugar, immune system function, weight loss, and heart health.


Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for berberine with your HSA card before making any purchases.

A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.