Chaparral Blend is 500 mg pure chaparral (larrea tridentata) fortified with yucca, zinc, vitamin C, & alfalfa for their synergistic benefits. Chaparral is a shrub that is indigenous to the southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico. It has been used to treat a variety of bowel, lung and skin conditions and studied for its impact on viral-based disorders. One of the main active components of chaparral is NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid), and chaparral also contains lignans that add to its healing properties as well.
Chaparral’s extremely bitter taste prevents animals from grazing upon it and it does not burn easily. It is regarded as one of the most adaptable of all the United States desert plants as it grows in depleted soil and can survive for long periods of time without rainfall. It was one of the first plants to grow back after the 1962 nuclear bomb test at Yucca Flats.
The Native Americans used chaparral to cure a variety of ailments from arthritis to the common cold and for its analgesic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Yucca Root (Yucca schidgera) is also native to the American southwest and contains an active compound called steroidal saponin. This compound may help reduce the stiffness, pain and swelling resulting from conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis, and gout. The saponins in yucca roots could also prove to be beneficial to colon health because studies have shown them to bind with harmful bile acids in the colon.
In a study done at the University of Toronto, mice fed saponins were shown to have fewer developing tumors in their colons than those who were not fed the compound. Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division.
Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system. Alfalfa is used for kidney conditions, bladder and prostate conditions, joint discomfort and to increase urine flow. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is an essential nutrient for humans and strengthens the immune system and also promotes joint lubrication. It is also vital for humans since the body does not naturally produce any on its own. •With Yucca, Vit. C, Zinc and Alfalfa Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) is a native plant of the American Southwest and has been used in Native American remedies for centuries. Fortified with Yucca, Alfalfa, Zinc and Vitamin C, for their synergistic benefit.