Sarsaparilla, a perennial vine with prickly stems, contains saponins, the flavor and foaming ingredient added to root beer and other soft drinks. Sarsaparilla contains calcium, copper, iron, iodine, manganese, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, vitamin A, vitamin C, B-complex and vitamin D.
Used for hundreds of years by both American and Chinese herbalists to treat syphilis, sarsaparilla is a popular herb used today to promote glandular balance. Sarsaparilla supports the body by purifying the blood, cleansing the colon and urinary tract, treating various skin problems, and lowering blood pressure.
Sarsaparilla reduces fevers by helping cool down the body and promoting perspiration. Sarsaparilla has also been known to increase circulation to the joints, reducing inflammation caused by arthritis and rheumatism.
As a diuretic, Sarsaparilla may assist with weight loss programs stimulating the body's metabolic process, increasing urination and reducing water retention.