Yucca root

Extremely high in the vitamins A, B-complex, C and Calcium, yucca root has been used traditionally to releive joint discomfort. Yucca also contains high amounts of saponins, a plant chemical that is related to the blocking of toxic release in the intestines. In this sense, the saponins contained in yucca act as a precursor to the production of cortisone during an anti-inflammatory response.

Reported medicinal uses of this herb include:

  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis prevention
  • Treatment of arthritis
  • Relieves pain associated with sediment-related inflammation in rheumatism, and cystitis
  • Aids in the natural production of the natural anti-inflammatory, cortisone
  • Powerful detoxifier in the body’s elimination of toxic substances related to inflammation
  • Saponins in cortisol lower negative forms of cholesterol
  • Reduces swelling in joint conditions

Promising Research on Yucca root
Robert Bingham, MD, founder of the Desert Hot Springs Medical Clinic in Palm Springs, CA, found that yucca root aided thousands of patients suffering from arthritic pain, and in some cases, even lead to arthritis remissions. Bingham stated that yucca was so effective due to its high level of detoxifying saponins.

"Toxic substances or harmful bacteria," he says, "when absorbed into the system, create allergic responses - anything from migraine to arthritis. Consequently, an anti-stress agent such as yucca saponin might have the same beneficial effect on wastes in the body and be effective in treating arthritis by improving and protecting the intestinal flora, rather than any direct action upon arthritis. Strong evidence supports the theory that some forms of arthritis may be caused or worsened by toxic substances occurring in the intestines and absorbed by the body. Yucca seems to inhibit these harmful intestinal bacteria and at the same time help the natural and normal forms of bacteria found in the tract."

60 percent of patients under Bingham's study experienced significant reductions in pain, swelling, and stiffness when taking yucca supplements. They also reported lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol levels, and reduction in intestinal upset.

Contraindications
Consult a doctor if your dog is taking any prescription medication, as there may be adverse side-effects in the combination with medications.

References
Bingham R, Bellew BA, Bellew JG. Yucca plant saponin in the management of arthritis. J Appl Nutr 1975;27:45-50.

Moore M. Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1989, 134-5.

- Ingredient used in Human formula

- Ingredient used in Canine formula