What Do You Know About Yucca?
Contrary to common belief, the yucca is not a cactus but a member of the lily family. There are about forty different species but on only five have “nutritional value”. The vital force (healing properties) lie in substances known as saponin steroids. These natural steroids support and enhance the intestinal enzyme system.
|Today’s refined foods move sluggishly through the intestines leaving a residue around the villi (small finger like projections lining the small intestine) which contribute to toxemia. Liquid yucca extract as a dietary supplement will do more that just speed up elimination. Since the saponin found in the yucca extract is a detergent, it cleanses not only the general surfaces, but deep around the villi, thus removing the “harmful toxins” that are the causes of many degenerative diseases and barriers to the healing process. Yucca is available in a variety of species and in several different forms. Tests show that the schidigera yucca has the highest content of saponin steroids. Ideally, the extracts should come from a cold press process so that all the natural enzymes are left intact. It should be taken in a liquid form.|
and cleansing suds from the root, thread nets, rope and baskets from the
leaves, waterproof sealant from the pitch, rafters from the stalks, paint
from the blossoms, and food from the fruit and seeds.Since pre-Columbian
time Indians from the southwest have woven every part of the beautiful desert
yucca into the fiber of their daily lives.
Today new practical and healing powers of this marvelous plant are being revealed. Investigations by leading doctors and chemists at over 100 research institutes and Universities in 14 different countries are involved with the still viable uses discovered by the ancients. These modern professionals are adding further applications for human, animal, agricultural and industrial use.
Although the yucca is called the “Lord’s Candle” because of its magnificent once in a lifetime bloom, it is not the blossoms of this ten foot giant but the sap and the tissue from the trunk that yield the plant’s key ingredient, steroid saponins (sa’po nins).
Found in high concentrations in the yucca, it is believed that the saponin content accounts for the plants ability to flourish in the extremes of the desert. When experiments were conducted using the saponin with present day agricultural crops, the crops could better withstand drought and other stress conditions. The steroid saponin functioned as an antistress substance.
In a totally different application, the yucca is widely used at sanitation plants. In this situation, the saponin accelerate the breakdown of organic waste. This is possible because they directly influence the development of microscopic plants (bacteria) which are vital to the waste disposal process. In the early 70’s, the yucca’s ability to withstand stress and to accelerate the breakdown of organic waste prompted the investigation of its use in promoting animal and human health. By that time, its non-toxic nature had been well established not only by traditional usage but by the FDA. Since 1965, yucca has been on the famous GRAS list (Generally Regarded As Safe by the FDA) and used as a food flavoring adjuvant. Further testing has shown the absence of any evidence of absorption through the intestinal wall or of harmful side effects.
The theory that some forms of arthritis as well as allergic reactions, migraines and other stressful ailments, are caused by harmful bacteria and toxins in the colon, made yucca a natural choice for relief. In fact, veterinarians were using it to successfully treat digestive and arthritic problems in dogs and horses before it came into use by human subjects resulted in evidence that steroid saponin could not only reduce stress and reduce swelling but also improve digestion and decrease the tendency to develop toxic waste in the colon.
In one study, the yucca extract was administered to 149 patients. No therapeutic claims were made. Relief of pain, and swelling and stiffness were reported by 60.7% (The remainder reported no change). There were no ill side effects reported. According to the doctors involved in the testing, the yucca saponin reduces the production of inflammatory toxins in the alimentary canal, relieving the resulting stress problems.
order to fully understand that this unique kind of environmental process
yucca is capable of doing within its system, it is necessary to focus attention
on two levels: the philosophical and the biochemical. To better comprehend
the first, we need to briefly examine an ethical culture in which yucca
plays a vital role. To the Navajo states on anthropological works, “elimination
or friction and restoration of harmony in the total economy of things” is
the primary importance.
This is probably why yucca is in such demand among these particular American Natives for washing wool or clothing, shampooing hair, bathing the body, ceremonial baths, purification baths, following burials, and for childbirth as well. In all of these various functions it will be observed how closely intertwined the seular is with the spiritual. The Navajo view them as inseparable and consider yucca to be the only plant capable enough of thoroughly cleansing both realms.
On the more rational side of biochemistry, we know that the herb contain many saponin which in the words of one authority, “are as cleansing as any store bought soap is.” According to an important reference work saponin reduces inflammation and swelling, kills harmful microbes, and destroys deadlier viruses, reduces serum cholesterol, and eliminates mucus wastes from the body. From this brief description we can see just how well these yucca constituents can scrub crystallized joints, wipe away germs, clean out clogged arteries, and generally throw out the junk and goo our bodies can do without.
to these miraculous saponin, yucca stands ready to fight in our behalf when
the body’s overall health is threatened in anyway. Nowhere is this more
evident in cancer. Two separate studies confirm it’s strong anti-tumor activity.
Early research with the Cooke Memorial Cancer Lab in Lakeland, Florida,
and later was successfully reduplicated by the renowned Sloan-Kettering
Institute for Cancer Research in New York City. And a research team at the
AMC Cancer Research Center and Hospital in Lakewood, Co. In their own experiments
notices that species of yucca “have potent, anti-cancer effects” and should
be treated further. Considering how widespread the AIDS epidemic is becoming,
yucca may yet prove to be the formidable friend many weakened immune systems
are desperately in need of these days. Yucca’s miracle extends even to arthritis
and beyond. A wealth of testimonials obtained by yucca have been accumulated
regarding the relief of pain. But it is really the documented, clinical
evidence which carries the most weight in the long run. During the mid 1970’s,
Drs. Bernard A. Bellow and Robert Bingham conducted studies with 101 patients
giving half yucca tablets and the other half look alike placebos. These
kinds of results are not merely commercial pipe dreams cooked up by the
slick promoters, but the legitimate research performed by diligent scientists
attempting to unravel yucca’s extraordinary healing powers.
miracles which continue to come from environmentally processed yucca, provide
an equally thrilling sequel for household pets and domestic livestock as
reports from leading veterinarians, trainers, pet owners and dairy farmers
have been pouring in at a steady rate, describing the herbs tremendous restorative
powers with arthritic animals. Blue ribbon dogs, fully pedigree cats, champion
race horses and prize dairy stock that were once relatively incapacitated
are able to hobble, run, gallop, leap and leisurely meander in contented
pleasure, much to everyone’s utter amazement.
does to the daily diet what any commercial gas additive does to the tankful
of unleaded or regular fuel, giving you more mileage for the fuel that’s
been consumed! Volunteers who’ve taken their regular astritional supplements
with and without yucca, have reported a definite difference in how they
felt. Yucca seems to have given them more energy and maximized whatever
they’ve consumed beforehand. Nothing is wasted when yucca is taken, but
everything is put to good use.
Is Yucca Compatible With In-Feed Antibiotics?
Yucca is completely unaffected by all antibiotic growth promoters and does not interfere with their use.
Currently, Yucca has a GRAS (Generally Recognizes As Safe) status in both US and Canada. It is not regulated as a drug in either country and it has been granted a lbelling claim statement of ...”as an aid in the control of manure and / or ammonia odors” by the US and Canadian governmental regulatory bodies.
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