Health benefits of Sarsaparrilla

Smilax aristolochiifolia

Detoxification, Anti-inflammatory, And Anti-Cancer Properties 


  • Binds with endotoxin bacteria by products and remove them from the body - Endotoxins cause powerful inflammatory reactions

  • Treatment of psoriasis

  • Forces the excretion of toxins through urination.

  • Supports kidney health by clearing the kidneys of toxins.

  • Contains antioxidant and anti-cancer properties

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Sarsaparilla is used for treating psoriasis and other skin diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 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 for syphilis.

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.

It 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 and Fevers

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.

Sarsaparilla 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 respiratory system.

Sarsaparilla has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help loosen phlegm and mucus allowing it to pass from a person’s body more readily.

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 Hormonal Balance

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 menopause.

3. For the Skin

Sarsaparilla 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.

Some of the earliest studies done on the plant during the 1940s examined topical application of sarsaparilla on psoriasis. 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 anti-fungal ability.

4. To Detoxify the Body

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 toxins.

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.

5. 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.

Recent research 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.

Precautions and Side Effects

Although sarsaparilla has been used for many long years by indigenous populations, 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 reaction.

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 beforehand.

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