Sarsaparilla is a Mexican plant widely used in health and sports supplementation. The root of the plant has been identified to contain numerous bioactive substances, including unique plant steroids, flavonoids and saponins. They are responsible for the medicinal properties of the plant and its immunostimulatory, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. In addition, some of them may imitate the activity of natural hormones in the body.
In phytotherapy, sarsaparilla is most commonly used to relieve discomfort within the musculoskeletal system. Extracts from this plant are worth considering in case of pain and swelling in the bones and joints. They can also support the treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Preparations in this category are also recommended for people suffering from dermatological diseases – they are well-suited for the treatment of psoriasis and androgenic acne. It must be remembered that sarsaparilla is a strong plant aphrodisiac that can be helpful in the treatment of impotence in men and sexual frigidity in women.
Sarsaparilla extracts can also be recommended to physically active people. According to numerous users, they act as natural anabolics and contribute to the growth of muscle mass. Although the exact mechanism by which bioactive substances could intensify protein synthesis has not been yet identified, the antioxidant potential of the plant and its analgesic effect may undoubtedly positively influence the processes of muscle regeneration after intense physical effort.