YUCCA Overview Information
Yucca is the common name for the more than 40 species of plants in the Yucca genus. The root of the non-flowering plant is used to make medicine.
Yucca is used for osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, inflammation of the intestine (colitis), high cholesterol, stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders.
Some people apply yucca directly to the skin for sores, skin diseases, bleeding, sprains, joint pain, baldness, and dandruff.
In manufacturing, yucca extract is used as a foaming and flavoring agent in carbonated beverages. Many compounds from yucca have been used in the manufacture of new drugs.
How does it work?
- Arthritis. Early research suggests that a yucca extract might reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis such as pain, swelling, and stiffness.
- High blood pressure. Taking yucca by mouth in combination with proper diet and exercise might help lower blood pressure.
- High cholesterol and high triglycerides. Taking yucca by mouth in combination with a low-fat diet and exercise seems to help lower blood fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Also, taking yucca extract along with quillaia extract by mouth for 4 weeks seems to decrease cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
- Digestive disorders.
- Poor blood circulation.
- Skin problems.
- Other conditions.
YUCCA Side Effects & Safety
Yucca is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in the amounts normally found in foods. Yucca is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth short-term. It can cause side effects such as stomach upset, bitter taste, nausea, and vomiting.
Not enough is known about the safety of taking yucca by mouth long-term or applying it to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking yucca if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of yucca depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for yucca. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.