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Health Benefits of Sarsaparilla And Its Side Effects

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Health Benefits of Sarsaparilla And Its Side Effects

Sarsaparilla root is globally acclaimed for medicinal properties. Sarsaparilla has been used exensively to treat gout, gonorrhea, open wounds, arthritis, cough, fever, hypertension, pain, a lack of sexual desire, indigestion, and even certain forms of cancer. More serious conditions have also been treated with sarsaparilla root.

In the Amazon region, some tribal people used it as a treatment for leprosy by ingesting it as well as using it externally.Europeans used the root to facilitate sweating and urination as well as to purify blood.


Sarsaparilla,scientific name of Smilax regelii, can grow in a number of forms, including evergreen shrubs, deciduous trees, and hanging vines, and they typically have clusters of red or purple berries. The climbing, woody tropical vine grows deep in the canopy of the rainforest. The berries of sarsaparilla have various colors like lustrous black, purple-blue and red.

Nutritional Value of Sarsaparilla

Numerous active chemical properties have been identified within sarsaparilla, including strong antioxidants, along with anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds include Saponins,plant sterols,flavonoid, antioxidants, steroidal/anti-inflammatory phytochemicals like diosgenin, tigogenin and asperagenin,starch, volatile oils and acids.

Other nutritional components in Sarsaparilla includes minerals such as aluminum, chromium, iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium and zinc.

Health Benefits of Sarsaparilla

Health Benefits of Sarsaparilla

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Sarsaparilla. You can use this amazing herb in different forms such as Sarsaparilla powder, raw Sarsaparilla herb, and also used in various teas. If you are suffering from one of these health issues such as PCOS, urinary tract infection, acne, kidney stone, and fibroids then you can use sarsaparilla to treat problems.

Also, check out when not to consume Sarsaparilla in various conditions and common side effects of consuming this herb. We also discuss cultivation details of this amazing herb.

Anti-Tumor and Cancer-Preventative Properties of Sarsaparilla

The presence of antioxidants in the root and extract of sarsaparilla has been very useful for cancer treatment. The high concentration of natural steroids and saponins reduce the multiplication and spread of cancerous cells. Antioxidants present in sarsaparilla are able to neutralize free radicals, the cancer-causing byproducts of cellular respiration.

Sarsaparilla Helps in Treating Arthritis Pains

Sarsaparilla root contains various compounds, such as saponins, parillin, and other flavonoids that can pacify those flare-ups within the body and alleviate pain and discomfort associated with it.

Any sort of inflammatory issue, such as gout, arthritis, or even aching muscles and joints can be cured by the active ingredients of sarsaparilla herb.

Sarsaparilla Boost Immune System

The natural antibacterial properties of sarsaparilla berries and the compounds in the roots increase the strength of our immune system. Sarsaparilla is often used to arrest seasonal colds and flu from occurring and also to cure symptoms including coughs, respiratory difficulties and fevers. It boosts the proper functioning of the immune system.

Sarsaparilla supplements and teas are used to help treat the common symptoms of colds and flu by eliminating the build up of mucus in the sinuses and respiratory system.It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help loosen phlegm and mucus allowing it to pass from a person’s body more easily.

Sarsaparilla Increases Sex Drive

Sarsaparilla is used to increase the libido of men and women to increase fertility. Some of the organic compounds present in this root extract enhances blood flow and boosts sperm motility, thereby increasing the chances of conception and improving overall sex drive.

Sarsaparilla Detoxifying Your Body

Sarsaparilla possesses diuretic properties. It can stimulate the production of urine and promote sweating. This is useful to relieve any build-up of fluid, puffiness and swelling.Sarsaparilla promotes the detox process by binding to toxins like bacterial cells in the gastrointestinal tract which prevents them from doing damage in the blood stream.

Sarsaparilla for skin problems

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of sarsaparilla is an effective natural remedy for eczema, acne, psoriasis, bites, minor wounds and rashes. Sarsaparilla plant is also used in homeopathic treatment for skin problems such as itchiness and dry skin.

Benefits of Sarsaparilla for Weight Loss

Sarsaparilla root is able to suppress appetite and thus help a person to curb undesired hunger. It indirectly helps to shred off weight without cheating on the diet.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Sarsaparilla

Overdose or a long term use of sarsaparilla can result in an allergic reaction or an upset stomach. Stomach irritation is caused by consuming high quantities of saponins, which are found in sarsaparilla and can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and indigestion in some people.

Some may develop allergic reactions from the powdered form of the sarsaparilla herb, or “sarsaparilla dust”. It may resemble symptoms of asthma in some patients.

Cultivation of Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla is a prickly vine which is native to South America, central America and the Caribbean. During the 1950s, sarsaparilla was widely used in Europe for its medicinal values as a general tonic to purify the blood and also to promote sweating. Sarsaparilla plants are typically woody or thorny and are most abundant in tropical, warm, and temperate regions around the world.

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Hi, Take Himcocid syrup 2tsf 3 times a day before food and Sarsaparilla syrup 2-3 tsf mixed with double the quantity of water, twice daily. Avoid hot and spicy food, oil fried food, chats, etc. Drink one tender coconut water daily.
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