Smilax

Smilax

This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. I am posting this for informational and educational purposes only. If in doubt don’t get to know a plant and it’s safety before using it.

There are many plants in the Smilax family in my area which is the eastern part of the United States. The ones I am familiar with are S. Ecirrhata, and S. Tamnoides. S. Tamnoides has briars on them that really hurt when jagged by them. We also have S. Glauca, S. Herbaceous, S. Rotundifolia, S. Pulverulenta, and S. Pseudochina in my area. I have eaten the leaves and like the taste. Many say the young shoots taste like asparagus. I have never eaten the roots but they are edible.

http://floridahillbilly.com/smilax-a-backyard-wild-edible/

http://www.eattheweeds.com/smilax-a-brier-and-thats-no-bull/

Most of them have the same phytochemicals that I am familiar with so they will be the ones I list studies on.

Has anti allergy properties.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26387391

fights cancer

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4351248/

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/8/5/464.long

http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/20/12/19890

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26607178

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/8/5/464.long

Reduces inflammation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25817687

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4363603/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585559/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4244943/

Helps with pelvic inflammatory disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23353177

Protects against myocardial hypertrophy.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25926285

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23954280

Cardioprotective

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24953033

Has antimicrobial properties.

http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/18/5/5265

May have hepaprotective effects.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23681353

Contain Astilbin which is renal protective.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19644810

Contains steroidal saponins. Which has antifungal, and anti inflammatory.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5507813/

Protects from lead poisoning.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20580805

Reduces oxidative stress.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4244943/

Contains taxifolin which has many health benefits. It is also known as dihydroquerciten. Too many benefits to list here.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12016952

Fights herpes and other viruses

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf030837o

https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0192415X08005692?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16375860

Helps with gout

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24140588

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