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How Yucca Root’s Natural Steroidal Benefits Can Help Your Pet

Herbs For Pets 3 min read
Yucca root sliced on a cutting board

Is yucca extract good for dogs and cats? The short answer to this question is YES! Yucca is a popular plant with medicinal properties that is used in many pet foods as it can help with the offensive odor of urine and feces. But that’s not all —this powerful plant has been demonstrated to have many different health benefits. 

Yucca And Corticosteroids

Yucca contains two active compounds: steroidal saponins and polyphenolics. 

Regularly consuming polyphenols may help with digestion and may even help protect the body against certain cancers. Steroidal saponins are an important group of glycosidic plant metabolites. These compounds have been valued by the pharmaceutical industry and used as substrates in the production of steroid hormones (corticosteroids) and drugs. 

Corticosteroids (steroid hormones) are involved in a wide range of activities in the body, including the stress response, immune system response, control of inflammation, nutrient metabolism, and maintenance of blood electrolyte levels.

The saponin present in Yucca can mimic the hormone corticosteroids and in the correct dosage is safe for long-term use.

Pet owners are likely familiar with synthetic corticosteroids since these are often prescribed for pets as anti-inflammatories, to help with discomfort and as a chemotherapeutical to help with cancer.  

Although helpful, synthetic corticosteroids used long-term can have some side effects. Some plant saponins can mimic some hormones that they resemble. For example, Yucca contains amounts of saponin that can be converted into hormones such as corticosteroids. The saponin present in Yucca can mimic the hormone corticosteroids and in the correct dosage is safe for long-term use.

Research Findings Related to Yucca

Every year, there are many studies published on the antitumor potential of steroidal saponins (one of the active compounds found in Yucca). This is really exciting since it indicates that these natural compounds are valuable research targets in the process of the development of new (novel) chemotherapeutics for pets and humans fighting cancers.

In many studies on human and animal cancer cell lines of different origin, they displayed significant in vitro and in vivo activities through different signaling pathways associated with the cell cycle. Multiple molecular targets of this sapogenin are noteworthy. For example, the cytotoxic activities of saponins extracted from Yucca may induce apoptosis (death of the cells) and inhibit cancer cell growth. It also may modulate various oncogenic processes (cancer cell proliferation, migration, apoptosis), inhibit angiogenesis, reverse multi-drug resistance in cancer cells, and sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy.

Nonetheless, they were effective not only in vitro assays, but also in animal models, and in most cases, a significant reduction in tumor size and angiogenesis was seen, especially with respect to prostate, breast, and lung cancers. What is most important, apart from direct cytotoxic effect, these compounds revealed other activities: for example anti-inflammatory properties, that may be of importance to obtain the multidirectional therapeutic effect in cancer treatment. However, more studies on steroidal saponins with respect to their anti-cancer potential are important.

Yucca & NHV 

At NHV, we are invested in more research on herbs and their natural health benefits. Read more about our clinical research here.

We have two products that contain yucca, NHV Yucca, and NHV Multi Essentials

NHV Yucca is a herbal supplement for pets that Yucca root extracted with vegetable glycerin. NHV Yucca is in liquid form to help make administering it to your pet easy. It can be added to your pet’s meals or administered directly in the mouth using a dropper or syringe. NHV Yucca can be beneficial for many conditions but is popular for pets with arthritis and joint discomfort for its anti-inflammatory and discomfort-relieving properties.

NHV Multi Essentials is like a herbal multivitamin for pets. It is a blend of eleven herbs extracted in vegetable glycerin including yucca. These herbs are naturally high in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. 

If you have any questions about how yucca can benefit your pet, please reach out. Our pet experts are here to help!

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine in 2010 and graduate studies in veterinary pathology (MVSc. 2012 and PhD 2016) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Dr. Nascimento will be hosting her own blog series and sharing her knowledge with our extended NHV family.

Published: January 30, 2021

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