Jamaican Sarsaparilla Root Profile
Also known as
Smilax ornata, Sweet Sarsaparilla, Red Bearded Sarsaparilla, Coclmeca, Sarsaparilla
This particular species is a woody perennial climbing vine indigenous to South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. When the Spanish conquistadores arrived, they found the indigenous tribes using beverages made with sarsaparilla as a general health tonic. The name itself is from the Spanish: sarza, meaning brambles, and parilla, meaning vine.
Sarsasaponin, Sarsaparilloside, Arsasapogenin, various quantities of starch and flavonoids, sarsapac acid, dextrose, certain fatty acids.
Root decoction as a tea, powdered in tablets or capsules, made into cold beverages, and seldom found as an extract.
Sarsaparilla is remembered by many as the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day. There are approximately 350 species worldwide in the genus. Sarsaparilla seems to be another case where science is slowly learning that many of the traditional uses are valid.
Excessive use may cause intestinal discomfort. Not recommended for use while pregnant. Not recommended for long term use.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.