The Amazon rainforest is considered a treasure trove of undiscovered medicinal plants. Indigenous peoples have long used cat’s claw (una de gato) to treat inflammation, arthritis, stomach ulcers, and infections, and scientists believe this Peruvian vine holds great potential as a botanical therapeutic agent for human health.
Scientists have confirmed that cat’s claw imparts powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and may thus help manage illnesses associated with oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Helps protect joint cartilage and has displayed efficacy in relieving joint pain, indicating it may be helpful for people suffering from arthritis.
- Improves markers of immune system health in animals and humans, suggesting that it may help defend against infectious invaders.
- Protects cellular DNA against damage and supports the repair of damaged DNA. Protecting these genetic blueprints is considered essential in protecting against cancer.
- May aid the fight against cancer by promoting healthy cell division, promoting the death of leukemia cells (cancer of the blood), and inhibiting the proliferation of breast cancer cells.
- Is generally safe and well tolerated, but should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, young children, people taking antihypertensive medications, those with autoimmune conditions, or individuals undergoing organ or tissue transplants.