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Sarsaparilla-containing products were banned citing cancer of the liver in rats

Sarsaparilla-containing products were banned citing cancer of the liver in rats
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For decades and even centuries, indigenous people from all over the world used the basis of the sarsaparilla plant for treating joint problems like arthritis, and for healing skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. it was also thought to cure leprosy because of its “blood-purifying” properties.

Exposure to root dust of sarsaparilla dust can cause runny nose and will show the symptoms of asthma. Kidney disease: Sarsaparilla might make kidney disease worse. Avoid sarsaparilla if you have kidney problems.
Well, sassafras and sarsaparilla both contain safrole, a compound recently banned by the FDA thanks to its carcinogenic effects. Safrole was found to contribute to cancer of the liver in rats when given in high doses, and thus sassafras or sarsaparilla-containing products were banned.

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Extracts of the roots could also be effective in treating gout and metabolic syndrome (a combination of conditions, including high BP and high cholesterol); however, evidence relies largely on animal studies and clinical trials are limited.

But sassafras tea contains heaps of safrole, the chemical in sassafras that produces it poisonous. A cup of tea made with 2.5 gms of sassafras contains about 200 mg of safrole. This is about four and half times the dose that the researchers think is poisonous and dangerous.

Though, Sarsaparilla is normally considered a safe supplement with few side effects. High doses may result in stomach upset. An allergic reaction is possible. Because it is a diuretic and increases urine output, it’s best is not to take take sarsaparilla while you’re dehydrated.

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Precautions: Gastrointestinal irritation or temporary kidney impairment may occur when sarsaparilla is used in excessive doses. How to make sarsaparilla tea: Simmer 1–4 g of dried sarsaparilla in 8–12 oz of water for 5–10 minutes.

Sassafras isn’t any longer considered safe for human consumption, especially when safrole oil is included in it. The U.S. FDA currently prohibits it’s bark, oil, as flavorings or food additives. The FDA banned the use of it in 1979 following research that showed it caused cancer in rats.

It is made from the Sarsaparilla vine, while Root Beer, roots of the sassafras tree. These days, soft drink recipes don’t include sassafras because the plant has been found to cause serious health issues. The vine was banned by the American FDA for commercial food production in 1960.

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How it tastes: The balance between sugar and bitterness of the root should be even. Overall the flavor of it: chances are high that, if you prefer this root beer, you’re gonna like it. Sarsaparilla contains a distinct medicinal bite with notes of vanilla, caramel, wintergreen, and licorice.

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