Sarsaparilla - Smilax
Botanical Family: Smilax
Spanish Name: Zarzaparilla
What is sarsaparilla:
Sarsaparilla is a tropical plant used in traditional medicine – especially in North America and Southeast Asia – to improve several conditions. Its root was also the main ingredient of a 19th-century drink similar to root beer that is no longer so popular but can still be found in some countries.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, sarsaparilla may help in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, skin allergies. Evidence suggests it's potential to reduce water retention, blood sugar, obesity, cancer, and detox nicotine.
How to consume sarsaparilla:
Sarsaparilla supplements are available as pills, tinctures, powdered roots, and creams. You can make a tasty tea from the chopped or powdered roots.