Chaparral contains a powerful antioxidant known as NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid).1 Research has shown that the NDGA found in chaparral can inhibit lymph cancer cells.1 NDGA has also been observed to destroy breast cancer cells2, leukemia cells3, and kidney cancer cells4.
Many indigenous tribes from North America have traditionally used chaparral to treat a wide variety of ailments including chicken pox, fungal skin conditions, kidney and gallbladder stones, colds, pain and arthritis.
Chaparral is a strong antibacterial containing lignans and flavonoids that can inhibit tuberculosis, staph, and e. Coli, to name a few.5
Studies have shown that the NDGA found in chaparral is an effective anti-inflammatory.6
The NDGA found in chaparral has been shown to support cardiovascular health by inhibiting the progression of hypertension and atherosclerosis.7
NDGA has neuro-protective properties. One study showed that this antioxidant disrupted the neurological damage caused by Alzheimer’s Disease.8
The powerful antiviral properties of NDGA have been shown to suppress HIV, herpes, HPV9 as well as the flu10.
Our chaparral is wild-crafted and harvested directly from the high deserts of Mexico. The chaparral is dried using a unique low-temperature process which helps to maintain the leaves in a pure and unadulterated state.
You can also infuse chaparral with our food grade hydrogen peroxide and use as a mouthwash, or infuse it with coconut oil and apply it to your skin.
*Please note: Chaparral is a powerful herb intended for short term medicinal use only. Long term use of chaparral is not recommended. We recommend consulting with your health care practitioner before using chaparral or any strong herbs or supplements.
1 - “Different intracellular signals coupled to the antiproliferative action of aqueous crude extract from Larrea divaricata Cav. and nor-dihydroguaiaretic acid on a lymphoma cell line.” Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001.
2 – “Nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) inhibits the IGF-1 and c-erbB2/HER2/neu receptors and suppresses growth in breast cancer cells.” University of California, San Francisco, 2005.
3 – “Inhibition of AP-1 transcription activator induces myc-dependent apoptosis in HL60 cells.” Seoul National University, South Korea, 2004.
4 – “Regulation of apoptosis through arachidonate cascade in mammalian cells.” Shimane University, Japan, 2002.
5 – “Antibacterial and antimycobacterial lignans and flavonoids from Larrea tridentata.” Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico, 2012.
6 – “Comparative effects of indomethacin, acetylenic acids, 15-HETE, nordihydroguaiaretic acid and BW755C on the metabolism of arachidonic acid in human leukocytes and platelets.” Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Medicine, Jan 1984.
7 – “Modulation of expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase by nordihydroguaiaretic acid, a phenolic antioxidant in cultured endothelial cells.” Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1999.
8 – “Nordihydroguaiaretic acid protects hippocampal neurons against amyloid beta-peptide toxicity, and attenuates free radical and calcium accumulation.” University of Kentucky, Lexington, 1994.
9 – “Inhibition of human papillomavirus type 16 gene expression by nordihydroguaiaretic acid plant lignan derivatives.” Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, 2000.
10 – “Inhibition of influenza-virus-induced apoptosis in chorion cells of human fetal membranes by nordihydroguaiaretic Acid.” Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science, 2005.
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