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The Health Benefits of Yucca Extract
Risun Bio-Tech Inc  Jun 02, 2016

                            The Health Benefits of Yucca Extract 


     Antioxidant, and saponin content. Modern research suggests it may have a place in the medical world. Powder, liquid extracts, and tablets are sold at as supplements at health food stores. Extracts are generally made from the leaves or bark from the roots.

     It might be a good carbohydrate option if you have diabetes. One cup of yucca has almost 4 g of dietary fiber, which is important for weight control and digestion. People with diabetes are encouraged to eat foods high in dietary fiber because they take longer to digest. This helps the body maintain blood sugar levels. Research on animals suggests that yucca may help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

    Antioxidants help prevent or enable the body to recover from cell damage. Free radicals are molecules that form during normal activities of daily living such as when you exercise or get exposed to environmental factors such as pollution or sunlight. These molecules cause oxidative stress, which is believed to have a role in causing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many other harmful conditions. One study found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in yucca may help protect against UV sunrays.

    Saponin, a chemical found in certain plants, produces foam when shaken in water. Yucca contains saponin and is sometimes used to make soap.

    Yucca may lessen pain and even help your cholesterol. Yucca is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as an effect on cholesterol levels. Studies in which participants took yucca extract by mouth have shown promising results. Namely, it helped reduce pain and swelling in arthritic joints.       

     The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers yucca safe for eating. However, the FDA doesn’t regulate its use as an herbal supplement. It’s unknown if yucca extract in high doses has negative side effects, although none have been reported so far.