Cat's Claw (Una de gato)
Cat's Claw is the English name given for a woody vine that grows wild in the Peruvian rain forests. Cat's Claw is also known as Una de gato. The Ashaninka Indians of the Peruvian Amazon used the bark to make a tea that was used for many ailments.

The most active compound in Cat's Claw extract is an alkaloid called isoteropodine. Isoteropodine has antioxidant properties. Other active alkaloids include isomitraphylline, pteropodine, isorynchophyllline and rynchophylline. Alkaloids are responsible for the bitter taste.

Cat's Claw bark also contains compounds called Quinovic Acid Glycosides. Researchers are studying other compounds; proanthocyanidins, polyphenols and triterpenes, and the plant sterols that might explain the antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-tumor and anti-inflamatory properties attributed to this herb.

Studies show that the inner bark of the vine contains the same beneficial properties as the root. If the root is harvested for the Cat's Claw extract, the plant is killed. It is said that the current pace of Cat's Claw root extraction may lead to extinction in the next few years.

WARNING: Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.

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