Cascara Sagrada, 425 mg 100 capsules
- Promotes regularity*
- Helps with occasional constipation*
- Supports gallbladder health*
Native to the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States and Canada, the bark of the cascara sagrada tree has been used as an herbal laxative for centuries. Early Spanish explorers called it “sacred bark” (English translation of cascara sagrada), after observing how Native Americans used this herb in folk medicine applications. The bark was steeped to make a tea used to alleviate constipation. In the 1890s the US Pharmacopeia recognized cascara sagrada’s medicinal uses, mainly as a natural laxative.*
The active component in cascara sagrada, anthraquinone, induces peristalsis, the muscle contractions in the large intestine that encourage bowel movements. These contractions help to tone the relaxed muscles lining the intestine. Although it is used primarily to alleviate constipation, cascara sagrada may benefit colitis (inflammation of the colon), upset stomach, hemorrhoids, jaundice, and liver problems. The presence of cascara sagrada encourages increased bile secretion from the gallbladder, which helps to break up and prevent gallstones.*
Cascara sagrada (rhamnus purshiana) bark, gelatin (bovine) capsule
For adults 18 or more years of age, take 1 capsule once a day at bedtime with a full glass of water. Take more if needed, in accordance with your own research and advice from healthcare professional. Consult a physician before giving to children.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the capsule size?
A: Capsule size 0.
Q: What type of capsule does this product come in?
A: This comes in a gelatin capsule. The gelatin is derived from bovine hide (beef skin).
Q: Will this product give me diarrhea?
A: Cascara sagrada is likely to have a laxative effect. If you have never taken cascara sagrada before, it is best to start with one capsule to see how your body reacts. Increase by one capsule until you have achieved the desired effect.
Q: Can I take this product every day?
A: Laxatives should not be taken on a consistent basis. Please consult with a healthcare professional if you feel that you need to take a daily laxative.
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. As with any dietary supplement, you should consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you are pregnant or nursing, if you have any medical condition, or if you are taking any medication before using this product. Always consult with a healthcare professional before giving supplements to children. Please read full disclaimer here.