Not to be confused with sassafras, which is used to make root beer, sarsaparilla is derived from the bark of a thorny vine native to South America. It is a member of the Smilax medica species, which includes many tenacious thorny vines from around the world (including our cat brier). Many Smilax species have been found to have valuable bioactive properties, but before you head out into the woods with machete in hand, note that it’s much easier to buy capsules in a bottle than harvest a brier patch.

Benefits of Sarsaparilla

Traditionally sarsaparilla was used as an herbal supplement for maintaining healthy energy levels.* Sarsaparilla also supports the immune system.*

One of the most interesting properties offered by sarsaparilla is the ability to bind endotoxins.* Endotoxins are substances released by bacteria in the gut. Binding endotoxins allows them to be cleared by the lymph system and liver. Sarsaparilla is known to support immune function and offers adaptogenic properties (supports healthy stamina levels).* Main beneficial qualities of sarsaparilla include:*

  •  Binds to endotoxins
  •  Supports the immune system
  •  Antioxidant properties
  •  Adaptogenic

Side effects: Uncommon. Sarsaparilla is generally well tolerated.



Ingredients similar to Sarsaparilla:

Cat’s Claw

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.
About the Medical Director
Dr. Bill Rawls
Dr. Bill Rawls has practiced conventional medicine as a gynecologist for
over 20 years and is also the co-founder and medical director of Vital Plan, a wellness and herbal supplement company.

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