Category: Herbal Supplement
Function: Support for joint, cardiovascular, immune and gastrointestinal function
*Cat's claw, also known as Uncaria tomentosa, has been used traditionally in Peru for over 2,000 years. Alkaloids, phenols, sterols, and glycosides comprise some of the naturally-occurring constituents of this herb. The effects of these compounds are far-reaching and include support for joint function, gastric and intestinal health, cellular protection and immune activity.
In a 52-week, randomized, double-blind trial, cat's claw extract promoted joint comfort in volunteers. A 4-week study also suggests that cat's claw has the ability to promote joint comfort, in part by moderating prostaglandin metabolism. Other mechanisms of action that may account for these effects include modulation of both oxidative stress and cytokine production. Studies involving cultured gastric epithelial cells suggest that cat's claw may provide important antioxidant protection for gut health.
Cat's claw alkaloids have been specifically associated with enhancing immune system cell function, including phagocytosis and macrophage activity. Cardiovascular support properties include support for healthy vascular and platelet function. Preliminary evidence suggests that cat's claw may provide protective support for healthy breast cell function. Cat's claw may be contraindicated for individuals who are taking blood thinning or antihypertensive medications due to a potential synergistic effect.
Cat's claw extract is derived from the inner vine bard and is standardized to contain 3% alkaloids and 15% polyphenols, providing potential joint, cardiovascular, immune and gastrointestinal function support. This cat's claw extract contains 2.73% POAs and 0.27% TOAs.
Piscoya, J. et al. Efficacy and safety of freeze-dried cat's claw in osteoarthritis of the knee: mechanisms of action of the species Uncaria guianensis Inflamm Res 2001 Sep;50(9):442-8.
Ingredients and Dosage:
each vegetable capsule contains:
cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) extract 500 mg.
(standardized to contain 3% oxindole alkaloids and 15% polyphenols)
vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) 10 mg.
Not to be taken by pregnant or lactating women.
1–6 capsules per day, in divided doses, with meals
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. See Disclaimer
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