This somewhat complex-sounding plant is better known as ‘devil’s claw’ or ‘grapple plant’. Part of the Pedaliaceae or sesame family, Harpagophytum South Africa and Madagascar.
The proven benefits of the plant come from its deep roots which contain calcium, iron, copper, vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium along with many other active ingredients.
First and foremost, several clinical trials have shown that Harpagophytum supports healthy joint function (1). Remarkably, a comparative study of 122 subjects suggests that devil’s claw is almost as effective as a drug used to treat osteoarthritis (diacerein) (2-3).
Similarly, a two-month UK trial of 259 patients found that taking Harpagophytum resulted in a significant reduction in joint discomfort (4). Indeed, ESCOP, (the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy) recommends taking devil’s claw to help maintain joint health and flexibility.
This plant is also believed to ease discomfort in the lower back (5-6).
It has also been suggested that Harpagophytum helps to restore appetite… as well as increase the sensation of satiety. This may be due to its potential interaction with the hunger hormone (7).
One study showed that mice given powdered devil’s claw tended to eat less food than those given a placebo (8). Harpagophytum is thus sometimes used to support weight management and even to prevent obesity (9).
Bid farewell to constipation, diarrhoea and flatulence! Clinical trials suggest that extracts of devil’s claw may significantly reduce - and even eliminate - digestive discomfort (10). It may thus help improve digestion and facilitate healthy elimination of waste products.
Harpagophytum may improve nutrient absorption in the gut, too. It is also traditionally used to help reduce cholesterol (11). Last but not least, devil’s claw may also have antioxidant properties, and may therefore contribute to delayed ageing of cells (12).
Is your quality of life adversely affected by joint or muscle pain? Are you keen to find effective, natural relief? Then try Super Harpagophytum. This natural dietary supplement will help to both maintain the health of your joints and combat oxidative stress.
In addition, you could combine it with Super Boswellia. This Boswellia serrata supplement, standardised to 20% AKBA (its most active ingredient), also plays an active part in maintaining joint health.
You can, of course, always opt for a joint-specific formulation such as Joint Support Formula, which combines chondroitin and marine-source glucosamine.
Note: there are, however, certain contraindications for this supplement. Those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers or gallstones should not take Harpagophytum. The same applies to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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