Cat’s Claw-The Wondrous Woody Vine
#1. BENEFITS BRAIN FUNCTION
One of the first uses of Cat’s Claw was neurological benefits. The ancients noticed it helped with pain, coordination and cognitive function — translation, it helps you think good and focus.
The cognitive benefits of Cat’s Claw are the synergistic effect of several of its health benefits. Think of what are the culprits behind your brain not functioning at its optimal capacity — stress, fatigue, toxins, age-related deterioration, inflammation, injury, etc.
Phytochemicals in Cat’s Claw have antioxidant properties that help repair this damage, as well as the damage left behind by other conditions. While those compounds get to work on DNA repair, other compounds from the same plant get to work on reducing inflammation and detoxing the body, inclusive of the brain. This, in turn, helps with memory, learning and focus, which is cognitive function.
In animal studies, Cat’s Claw has been found to help with amnesia and protect against stroke-related memory impairment
#2. BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
Alkaloids in Cat’s Claw boost your immune function by increasing the rate at which white blood cells (WBCs) are created and their activity. WBCs are a major component of your immune system. They find and engulf pathogens — viruses, bacteria, fungi and foreign bodies that make you sick. This process is known as phagocytosis.
One of the most ancient uses for Cat’s Claw is the reduction of inflammation and that’s how it helps with your overall immune system. There are several phytochemicals in Cat’s Claw that fight inflammation.
Cat’s Claw also repairs the DNA damage left by those pathogens, disease states and/or inflammation. That’s a boss move right there.
#3. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Cat’s Claw has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 2000 years to treat many health problems — the same health problems that Western Medicine is just now beginning to use the herb for. In TCM the herb is called Gou Teng.
Research is now showing that Cat’s Claw supplementation may be an effective treatment for not only high blood pressure but also for the prevention of heart attacks at strokes.
#4. PROVIDES ARTHRITIS RELIEF
The Journal Of Rheumatology found that pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids in Cat’s Claw provided relief for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with little to no side effects. Because of the promise Cat’s Claw has shown with RA clinical trials are now underway to see what the herb can do with other autoimmune diseases like lupus.
The alkaloid compounds in Cat’s Claw called Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianensis have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that make the herb an effective modulator of both osteoarthritis and RA.
This is on top of Cat’s Claw’s other health benefits such as boosting immune system, pain reduction and detoxification that can greatly improve the signs and symptoms associated with arthritis, as well as slow the damage caused by the condition.
CAT'S CLAW has been used to treat everything from allergies to inflammation to cancer. Its synergistic ability to boost your immune system, decrease inflammation and detox the body translate into improved cognitive function. All of which translates to looking, feeling and thinking better.
Cat’s Claw is a neuroprotectant (something that heals and protects neurons from damage) in that it repairs DNA. Not to cause further stress, but extreme bouts of stress and/or chronic stress can cause DNA damage.