Five Reasons Yucca Root Truly Is A Treasure From The Desert
Yucca root became known as a “treasure from the desert” after it was discovered that it contains several very beneficial compounds. Even though flowers and leaves of the yucca plant may also be useful, the best part of the yucca plant is the high concentration of resveratrol, yuccaols, and saponins contained within its hard, fibrous roots. So how are those naturally occurring compounds good for you? Here are the top 5 reasons why yucca root has become a valuable gift from the desert.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun can wreak havoc on healthy unprotected skin cells. Scientific testing has shown resveratrol from yucca root to have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects and to inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cells including skin cancer. The regular use of skin care products that contain yucca root resveratrol helps prevent as well as repair damage caused by sun exposure.
Our bodies are in a constant battle against bacteria. Although not all bacteria are bad, some can cause frustrating skin issues such as acne. A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA showed that resveratrol had “sustained bacterial growth inhibition” in regard to the bacteria that cause acne. In other words, it lasted longer than the commonly used benzoyl peroxide in fighting against acne. Both are effective in killing acne-causing bacteria, but resveratrol has “staying power.” It’s time to add yucca root products with resveratrol to the arsenal in the war on acne.
Better Than Vitamins E & C
A quick scan of skin care product labels in the pharmacy section of your local department store reveals the popularity of vitamins E & C and rightly so. Both have been proven to help keep skin youthful and fresh looking by preventing skin cell damage. However, research has shown resveratrol to be “95% efficient at preventing lipid peroxidation (skin cell damage), compared to 65% for vitamin E and 37% for vitamin C.” Yucca root is rich in resveratrol and most of Natural Yucca Products skin care products are made with vitamin E rich oils such as sunflower or wheat germ oils. We like to think of it as a one-two punch in the fight against wrinkles.
A key component in the fight against skin aging is using products that have strong antioxidant capabilities. In other words, the ability to reduce the effects of “free radicals” which play a significant role in skin aging as well as disease formation. A synthetic version of CoQ10 called idebenone was once thought to be the strongest topical antioxidant on the market. Idebenone has been used to protect the skin from environmental damage. However, a study conducted in 2005 revealed that resveratrol like that found in yucca root “had a stunning 17-fold greater antioxidant capacity than idebenone”. A natural gift from nature vs. a synthetic chemical – nature wins again!
Joint Pain Relief
One of the most recently discovered benefits of the use of topical yucca root products is the positive effect the combination of the three yucca compounds – resveratrol, yuccaols, and saponins – has on the pain associated with arthritis. Working together this treasure trio has been said to have a prolonged anti-arthritic effect especially when applied regularly to affected joints, such as in the hands, elbows, and knees. Unlike similar pain creams that contain resveratrol, Natural Yucca Products Joint Relief Rub also contains 5 essential oils that are commonly used to ease pain and stress. Our proprietary combination of ingredients addresses joint pain in a way no other product on the market does.