Sarsaparilla is not a common supplement, but it has some noteworthy health benefits. It has a distinct taste and can be found as an ingredient in old-fashioned root beer. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions and has different variations. Some are known to grow in Jamaica, while others grow in Mexico, and others are native to Africa.
As for health benefits, sarsaparilla has been proven to encourage cell growth while simultaneously preventing or reducing the occurrence of cell mutations. It also has the ability to reduce the amount of harmful inflammation in the body and can help the body recover from high blood sugar levels. This can prevent many chronic diseases as the leading cause of chronic diseases is detrimental amounts of inflammation. One huge benefit is that it supports joints and can reduce the amount of achiness while even mimicking the benefits of conventional arthritis drugs. The last notable benefit has to do with boosting the number of antioxidants in the body. It can encourage healthy skin growth even after UV light exposure, boost gut-health, encourage detoxification in the liver, and increase energy levels.
Sarsaparilla can be found in sodas, mixed in with other supplements, or even as a tea. As always, use caution and consult a physician before adding anything to your diet to ensure there are not any negative interactions with medications.