- The beneficial phytochemicals in the root of the sarsaparilla plant have been shown to have anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and skin and joint healing effects.
- Sarsaparilla is considered safe for most people, but be wary of false claims.
- The herb hasn’t been proven to successfully cure cancer or other diseases, and there’s no evidence that it contains anabolic steroids often sought by bodybuilders.
Suggested Use: Sarsaparilla is also the common name of a soft drink that was popular in the early 1800s. The drink was used as a home remedy and was often served in bars. The root can be made into a tea.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry, dark place in a sealed container.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Source: Peggy Pletcher, M.S., R.D., L.D., CDE. Medically reviewed by Jacquelyn Cafasso. (August 12, 2019). Sarsaparilla: Benefits, Risks, and Side Effects.