Belonging to the family Asparagaceae, yucca is a genus of trees and perennial shrubs that are native to the hot and dry parts of Central America, North America, South America and the Caribbean.
The roots of this plant are believed to contain many valuable medicinal properties, and are often used in their powdered form. Some species of yucca also bear edible fruits, while most others are cultivated as ornamental plants.
Yuccas are also widely grown as architectural plants as they provide a dramatic accent to landscapes.
Let’s now take a closer look and understand the different uses of yucca extracts today
- Yucca extracts are used as a natural treatment for many health conditions including migraines, headaches, high blood cholesterol levels etc.
- Herbal medicine practitioners suggest the use of this plant to be applied directly to the skin as a treatment for sores, sprains, joint pains, skin diseases, bleeding etc.
- It is also believed that yucca extracts could be used to deal with baldness and dandruff and other hair and scalp problems.
- High in saponins, yucca is added to shampoos and hair products to improve hair health.
- In the manufacturing industry, yucca is used as a foaming and flavoring agent for many carbonated beverages and fizzy drinks.
- Some compounds from the yucca are also used in the manufacture of new drugs and medications.
- Yucca extracts, when taken in combination with a low-fat diet and moderate physical activity can help lower blood pressure levels, blood cholesterol levels and even blood fats and triglycerides.
- Scientific evidence has revealed that yucca extracts could be helpful in dealing with many symptoms associated with osteoarthritis including swelling, pain, stiffness etc.
Owing to its bitter taste, yucca extracts may cause certain side effects such as nausea, vomiting and stomach upset. It must be taken in moderate amounts to reduce the risk of side effects associated with its use.