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Cat's Claw - Valuable Vine of the Amazon


Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)  is so-named because of its hook-like thorns resembling the claws of a cat. Its roots and bark contain potent phytochemicals that made this vine popular in South American traditional medicine. Indigenous people used it for its anti-inflammatory properties, immune system support and gastrointestinal support1. It was popular as an immune booster and regarded as very effective in promoting the healing of wounds. Multiple scientific studies in more recent years have looked into the traditional uses of this powerful herb and confirmed its potential health benefits.

Learn more about this vine and its health benefits by reading on . . .

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General Information


Native to the Amazon rainforest, Cat's Claw is found in many tropical regions in South and Central America. It is a climbing, woody vine that can grow up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and easily attaches itself to the bark of trees with the claw-like thorns at the base of its leaves.

This vine bears attractive yellow, tube-like flowers, produces pods that are about a foot long and has tubers resembling potatoes. The vine's inner bark and root are used in teas, extracts, powders or in capsules and tablets.

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Nutrients and Benefits


  • Stimulates immune function

  • Helps reduce inflammation

  • Provides gastrointestinal support, cleanses the intestinal tract and improves digestion

  • Promotes cardiovascular health by aiding circulation and regulating blood pressure and cholesterol levels

  • Supports healthy blood glucose levels

  • Supports healthy skin and promotes wound healing.
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Product Specifications/Applications


NP Nutra's Cat's Claw Powder (organic) comes from the best sources in Peru. This brown, partly-soluble powder is certified Organic, Kosher and Food grade, and is produced in an FSSC 22000 certified facility. It can be used in functional foods and beverages, dietary supplements, tablets/capsules, tonics, therapeutic creams and skin care products.


Reference:

1 https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2064008#hn-2064008-how-it-works


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