Sarsaparilla
Like many of the other ingredients in Metabolife, Sarsaparilla is a dried root. It is from the plant Smilax, which is found in Central and South America (Vandenplas et al., 1996). Sarsaparilla has been used as a "remedy for syphilis, arthritis, and skin disease", and recent studies are indicating that it may have "depurative, diaphoretic, tonic, and aphrodisiac properties." Essentially, Sarsaparilla has been known to have only positive effects upon individuals. However, Vandenplas's study is one of the first to report on "occupational asthma caused by sarsaparilla" (1998). The study is based on an individual who acquired asthma, apparently from inhaling the dust of Sarsaparilla root. The only conclusion that could be drawn was that Sarsaparilla "should be considered a potential cause of occupational asthma among exposed workers" (1996). No conclusion can be drawn regarding the effects of ingesting sarsaparilla from this data. Therefore, Sarsaparilla cannot be classified as either safe or dangerous.

 


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