Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) is a type of shrub that can grow to around 20 inches tall. The name literally means “bear’s grape” in Latin. This plant has dark leathery leaves and produces orange fruits after it blooms around April and May.
Who would benefit from it?
People who suffer from any kind of kidney problems and urinary tract infections will benefits from uva ursi. Unlike some herbal medicines that should be ingested only when a person is sick, uva ursi is safe to be taken as a supplement. Because of its arbutin and flavanoid content, this plant is also beneficial to people who seek good skin care nutrients.
- It aids in weight loss.
- Just like magnesium, uva ursi is a known muscle relaxant.
- It alleviates and cures urinary tract infections, kidney stones and nephritis.
- It strengthens and clears urinary passages.
- It gets rid of bladder stones and excessive uric acid.
- It relieves diarrhea.
- Being an anti-inflammatory, it is also effective in treating headaches.
- Its astringent properties make it useful in treating bedwetting conditions.
- The allantoin makes it suitable for topical application on scrapes, wounds and cuts.
- It has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties which make it effective against E.coli, staph (causes carbuncles or boils) and excessive Candida albicans (causes yeast infection).
- Its diuretic properties make it effective in alleviating high blood pressure.
- For the skin, bearberry contains alpha arbutin which assists in skin whitening.
Detailed Information on Its Benefits
Being a plant, uva ursi has an abundance of compounds that contribute to its health benefits. It is very rich in different kinds of tannins which give uva ursi its diuretic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Aside from tannins, its flavanoid content gives it its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Quercetin, one of the most powerful anti-oxidants used in many supplements and expensive beauty products, can be extracted from bearberry. The arbutin content of bearberry is converted to hydroquinone in contact with gastric acid. Hydroquinone has anti-microbial properties.
When it comes to weight loss, uva ursi is known to reduce water weight and bloating. It is then excreted through the urine.
Should You Consider Taking It?
In the Western society, herbal medicines are sometimes frowned upon. However, it has been proven by several clinical studies that uva ursa is indeed a beneficial plant.