A common drink in western TV, sarsaparilla, is a root with clusters of pointed oval leaves and berries of varying color, depending on where they grow. Sarsaparilla is used to make a carbonated soft drink initially formulated from the Central American smilax ornata plant. It’s one of many ingredients in root beer, but this unassuming root has many positive benefits to your health. From battling cancer and liver disease to helping you look younger by blocking free radicals, this root is a beneficial addition to your diet.
1. Anti-Cancer Benefits
Studies show that up to 24 extracts in the stems, leaves, fruit, and roots of wild sarsaparilla help naturally treat or prevent cancer. Some pharmaceutical benefits are garnered through a concentrated version of the plant found in natural saponins and steroids. It can help your body absorb herbs and other drugs. Sarsaparilla packs in five or more steroidal saponins. These include two recently discovered ones, called sarsaparilloside B and sarsaparilloside C. These saponins help kill cancer cells, especially those that affect the lining of the colon.