Cascara sagrada, or Rhamnus purshiana, is a native plant of North America that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for constipation. The bark of the tree contains anthraquinones that stimulate peristalsis and increase bowel movements.
In addition to its laxative properties, cascara sagrada also exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. It may help relieve symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease and may protect against oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Cascara sagrada has also been suggested to have potential anticancer effects due to its ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells.
However, more extensive research is needed in this area. It is important to note that prolonged use of cascara sagrada can lead to dependence and electrolyte imbalances, and therefore should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
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