Benefits of Cat’s Claw Bark
Cat’s Claw or ‘Uña de gato’ is a climbing vine that is native to the Peruvian Amazon, and which gains its name from the barbed ‘claws’ with which it climbs the jungle canopy.
The bark has been used by rainforest tribes for thousands of years due to its many health benefits:
Full of goodness
There are many actives in Cat's Claw bark - including alkaloids thought to contribute to the immune system, and a group of chemicals called quinovic acid glycosides. Other actives are carboxyl alkyl esters, sterols (beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol) and antioxidants, which help the body repair free radical damage to cells.
Supports the immune system
The alkaloids within Cat’s Claw bark are thought to contribute to the immune system, and it’s for this reason that Cat’s Claw bark infusions have been used by rainforest tribes for over two thousand years. Supporting the immune system is important for maintaining general good health, and for avoiding coming down with that nasty cold going round the office!
A powerful anti-inflammatory, Cat's Claw bark is believed to help fight the inflammation associated with a number of gastrointestinal problems. Anti-inflammatories are also widely used among athletes as part of their recovery regime, helping to maintain flexible joints.
Cat’s Claw bark is often drank as a tea infusion or taken as supplement capsules. Just 3 capsules per day (1500mg) or 3 heaped teaspoons (5g) of loose tea is enough to give you your daily dosage!