Detoxification, Anti-inflammatory, And
Binds with endotoxin bacteria by
products and remove them from the body -
Endotoxins cause powerful inflammatory
Treatment of psoriasis
Forces the excretion of toxins through
Supports kidney health by clearing the
kidneys of toxins.
Contains antioxidant and anti-cancer
Sarsaparilla is used for treating
other skin diseases, rheumatoid
and kidney disease;
for increasing urination to reduce fluid
retention; and for increasing sweating.
Sarsaparilla is also used along with
conventional drugs for treating leprosy and
Sarsaparilla is a
prickly vine which is native to South America,
central America and the Caribbean.
It is a hardy plant that can climb well and grow up
to 40 meters in length.
produces deep colored berries which are popular with
birds and people alike.
Its common name is taken from the Spanish
word ‘zarzaparrilla’ which essentially
means bramble grape vine. This is a fairly accurate
physical description of the plant which belongs to
the Lily family. Sarsaparilla derives the majority
of its medicinal uses from plant sterols
and natural antioxidants that are known to benefit
human health. It is a rich source of
flavonoids which are known to
benefit the immune system, prevent cellular damage
and reduce the inflammation responsible for numerous
diseases. Sarsaparilla contains a chemical
component known as saponins which
deter insects from eating the leaves but also have
anti-fungal properties in people.
1. For the Cold
Sarsaparilla is often used to help prevent seasonal
colds and flu from occurring and also to treat
symptoms including coughs, respiratory difficulties
and fevers. It may help boost the function
of the immune system which will help prevent the
illnesses from occurring to begin with.
supplements and teas can also be used to help treat
the common symptoms of colds and flu by helping
eliminate the build up of mucus in the sinuses and
Sarsaparilla has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
properties which help loosen phlegm
and mucus allowing it to pass from a person’s body
Try a soothing cup of
sarsaparilla tea at the first sign you are coming
down with the flu or a cold. If your
symptoms are bad and you are looking for something
more potent, you may have more success with another
stronger form of sarsaparilla supplement.
2. To Improve
Sarsaparilla has the ability to balance both male
and female hormones and is often used as an
ingredient in supplements to boost libido and treat
impotence. According to research, the plant
steroids and the saponins in sarsaparilla may
actually mimic natural reproductive and growth
hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.
Saponins are sometimes referred to as
natural steroids and there is evidence that they can
relieve many of the symptoms associated with the
3. For the Skin
has traditionally been used in South America to
treat a long list of skin complaints because of its
antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
It may be a safe, effective natural remedy for
eczema, acne, psoriasis, bites, minor wounds and
rashes which was especially useful in developing
regions where bacterial infections are more common.
the earliest studies done on the plant during the
1940s examined topical application of sarsaparilla
The study discovered that when sarsaparilla was
applied topically, it helped to improve the severity
of symptoms in 40% of the participants.
Another study comparing
the abilities of around 100 plants to treat skin
infections reported that sarsaparilla was among the
most effective because of its powerful
4. To Detoxify the
Sarsaparilla has diuretic properties meaning that it
can stimulate the production of urine and promote
sweating. This is useful to relieve any
build-up of fluid, puffiness and swelling.
Indeed, one of the traditional uses of sarsaparilla
was to cleanse the blood of impurities helping to
treat liver complaints and helping to eliminate
According to studies,
sarsaparilla has a protective effect on the liver
because of its antioxidant properties and plant
sterol content. It is believed to help the detox
process because it binds to toxins like
bacterial cells in the gastrointestinal tract which
prevents them from doing damage in the blood stream.
For people who want to purify their body or detoxify
in some way, a diuretic can eliminate excess fats,
salts, toxins, and water from the body. Furthermore,
it has been known to purify the blood, thereby
increasing overall health and reducing strain on the
liver and kidneys.
Anti-inflammatory and Cancer Protection
Studies show that a number of the compounds found in
the herb have the potential to prevent
cancer, reduce inflammation and slow down aging.
conducted in Queensland, Australia found
that sarsaparilla possessed five or more steroidal
saponins with the ability to destroy cancerous cells
especially in the colon.
Research also shows
that sarsaparilla contains a number of antioxidant
oils and anti-inflammatory compounds which can help
reduce oxidative stress, help neutralize
cellular damage and slow down the aging process.
sarsaparilla has been used for many long years by
it does not mean that it is totally safe. Just like
any other herb, you need to exercise a degree of
caution before taking it.
It is generally
regarded as safe but several minor side effects have
been reported on rare occasions. These side
effects include upset stomach, nausea and allergic
There are no studies to
confirm its safety for pregnant women, nursing
mothers and young children so it is best avoided to
stay on the safe side.
If you are in any way concerned about taking
sarsaparilla supplements, speak to your doctor