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What Is Yucca Used for Today?
One double-blind placebo-controlled trial reported in 1975 concluded that use of yucca reduces arthritis symptoms (both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis ). 1 However, this study was highly preliminary in nature, and there has not been any subsequent confirming evidence.
Animal and test tube studies suggest that various yucca extracts may have antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal (e.g., Giardia) and antibacterial effects, 2 3 4 but no human trials have been reported for potential uses based on these actions.
Yucca extracts are also widely used to enhance the foaming effect of carbonated beverages.
- Bingham R, Bellew BA, Bellew JG. Yucca plant saponin in the management of arthritis. J Appl Nutr. 1975;27:45–51.
- Miyakoshi M, Tamura Y, Masuda H,et al. Antiyeast steroidal saponins from Yucca schidigera (Mohave yucca), a new anti-food-deteriorating agent. J Nat Prod. 2000 Mar;63(3):332-338.
- Wang Y, McAllister TA, Yanke LJ, Cheeke PR. Effect of steroidal saponin from Yucca schidigera extract on ruminal microbes. J Appl Microbiol. 2000 May;88(5):887-896.
- McAllister TA, Annett CB, Cockwill CL, et al. Studies on the use of Yucca schidigera to control giardiosis. Vet Parasitol. 2001 May 22;97(2):85-99.