Sarsaparilla is a woody, tropical vine that’s found in Mexico, South America, Jamaica, the Caribbean, Honduras, and the West Indies. It comes in several different forms that are all known by the botanical name Smilax. Its other common names include Liseron epineux, Liseron piquant, Salsaparilha, Zarzaparrilla, Khao yern, and Jupicanga, among others.
Sarsaparilla contains a wealth of plant chemicals thought to have a beneficial effect on the human body.
To prepare sarsaparilla tea, simmer 1–4 g of dried sarsaparilla in 8–12 oz of water for 5–10 minutes.False ingredients
Don’t confuse sarsaparilla with Indian sarsaparilla, Hemidesmus indicus. The Indian sarsaparilla is sometimes used in sarsaparilla preparations but doesn’t have the same active chemicals of the sarsaparilla in the Smilax genus.
Sarsaparilla is generally considered a safe supplement with few side effects. High doses may result in stomach upset. An allergic reaction is possible.
Because it's a diuretic and increases urine output, it is best not to take sarsaparilla while you're dehydrated.
There is no data on sarsaparilla’s safety for pregnancy or breastfeeding, so the recommendation is usually to avoid it during these times.
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