A vigorously growing vining plant, kudzu is native to Asia. Introduced to the United States in the late 19th century, the vine was touted as an effective way to cut down on soil erosion. In the South, however, the plant, which can grow a full foot within a day, has become invasive due to its uninhibited growth. Particularly in Japan and China, the vine has been called upon for thousands of years both in regional cuisine and folk wellness traditions.**
Scientific research has shown that the plant, which is also utilized in Ayurvedic practices, contains a variety of compounds known as isoflavonoids, notably puerarin, daidzein, daidzin and genistein. These botanical isoflavones have been associated with numerous health benefits in various areas, including cardiovascular and liver function, as well as overall free-radical-fighting antioxidant activity.**
The plant has also shown potential for assisting with liver health.** Investigations have specifically suggested that the puerarin content of the herb helps to maintain liver wellness, and further research revealed that this apparent hepatoprotective effect additionally aids overall metabolism.** Other studies have tied the plant root to encouraging cardiovascular health, particularly optimal blood sugar and cholesterol levels already within the normal range, the latter notably due to its effects as a form of phytoestrogen.**
Kudzu supplements are sourced from the roots of the vining plant. Most commonly available as capsules and tablets, the herb may be included as a key component in liver-health complexes.**
Kudzu Directions for Use
Confer with your health care professional before beginning routine supplementation with this botanical extract. A suggested amount of the nutrient has not been set. Capsules and tablets are typically in the range of 500 to 600 mg.