Cat’s claw, also known as Uncaria tomentosa, has been used traditionally in Peru for over 2,000 years. Alkaloids, phenols, sterols and glycosides comprise some of the naturally occurring constituents of this herb. The effects of these compounds are far- reaching and include support for joint function, gastric and intestinal health, cellular protection and immune activity.
Uses For Cat’s Claw
Joint Health: In a 52-week, randomized double blind trial, cat’s claw extract promoted joint comfort in volunteers. A 4-week study also suggests that cat’s claw has the ability to promote joint comfort, in part by moderating prostaglandin metabolism. Other mechanisms of action that may account for these effects include modulation of both oxidative stress and cytokine production.
Cardiovascular Health: Cardiovascular protective properties include support for healthy vascular and platelet function.
Immune Support: Cat’s claw alkaloids have been specifically associated with enhancing immune system cell function, including phagocytosis and macrophage activity.
Gastrointestinal Health: Studies involving cultured gastric epithelial cells suggest that cat’s claw may provide important antioxidant protection for gut health.
Breast Health: Preliminary evidence suggests that cat’s claw may provide protective support for healthy breast cell function.
Serving Size: 1
Servings Per Container: 90
Amount Per Serving
Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) extract (standardized to contain 3% oxindole alkaloids)
Vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate)
Dosage and Use:
- 1–6 capsules per day, in divided doses, with meals
Caution: Cat’s claw may be contraindicated for individuals who are taking blood thinning or antihypertensive medications due to a potential synergistic effect. Mild gastrointestinal discomfort has been reported in some cases.
- Not to be taken by pregnant or lactating women
- If taking medication, consult your physician before taking this product
- Keep out of reach of children
- Do not exceed recommended dose
1. Uncaria tomentosa-Adjuvant Treatment for Breast Cancer: Clinical Trial.
2. Immunomodulating and antiviral activities of Uncaria tomentosa on human monocytes infected with Dengue Virus-2.
3. Antioxidant properties of proanthocyanidins of Uncaria tomentosa bark decoction: a mechanism for anti-inflammatory activity.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.