Cissus quadrangularis, aka Veld Grape, is a plant with strong anti-catabolic and anti-inflammatory effects. Cissus protects and restores the muscle and bone tissues. It accelerates recovery and healing after injury of tendons, cartilage, and joints.
Cissus quadrangularis is a medical plant described in the ancient Ayurvedic literature. It has been a major element in traditional Indian medicine for centuries. In Cameroon, the whole plant is used as a moisturizing source.
In Asia and Africa, people use extracts from the roots, leaves and stems to cure various diseases. Cissus quadrangularis, aka Veld Grape, is a plant with strong anti-catabolic and anti-inflammatory effects.
It protects and restores the muscle and bone tissues. It accelerates recovery and healing after injury of tendons, cartilage, and joints. It increases durability to heavy workloads. Cissus is a genus of about 350 species of plants belonging to the Vitaceae (Grape) family. It thrives in the hot areas of Ceylon and India.
As an extremely effective toning and analgesic agent, Cissus quadrangularis is taken by many athletes. It can be used in osteoarthritis, as well as for bone, tendon and cartilage damage prevention and treatment.
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How to Use Cissus
Cissus quadrangularis stimulates the myoblast and osteoblast activity by activating the synthesis of collagen type II. That is why it has anabolic or androgenic properties.
Help reduce body fat and maintain muscle mass in cases of restricted calorie intake. Cissus quadrangularis extracts are used to combat overweight and obesity as well as any accompanying complications.
The Benefits of Cissus Quadrangularis:
- has also an antioxidant effect and by thus it neutralizes free radicals, inhibits lipid peroxidation in different tissues (a basic process of generating reactive radical tissues); stimulates the activity of the endogenous antioxidant enzymes;
- has a gastroprotective effect – it is used in traditional medicine in cases of gastric problems and aspirin-induced gastric toxicity. Restores the mucosal epithelium and reduces the size of the ulcer lesions;
- remarkably reduces weight in obese patients;
- increases levels of creatine and contributes to the increased muscle mass and formation of new muscle fibers;
- reduces overall and LDL cholesterol;
- has a sedative effect on the central nervous system;
- has proven an effect on the eye, ear, and menstrual problems.
- has analgesic (pain-relieving) properties comparable to those of aspirin. High efficiency in reducing pain and inflammation.
The usual daily dose is 3 to 6 grams. Tests on rats have shown no toxic effects in doses of 2000 mg 2/kg body weight. The so-called "PUMP-effect" occurs after 10-15 days of continuous usage and can be scientifically explained by the increased blood flow and supply of nutrients to the muscles.
Besides the various applications of Cissus quadrangularis, researchers have proven its potential power against the “metabolic syndrome” (obesity with insulin resistance, high levels of "bad" cholesterol and high blood pressure, the X syndrome), which nowadays affects over 20% of the people in the developed countries.
Possible Side Effects
Cissus Quadrangularis appears to be safe at the doses commonly consumed, as toxicity has not been recorded in animal studies or traditionally via Ayurveda.
The human studies using 300 mg daily did not experience any differences from placebo in regards to side effects. Cissus is also known as Harjor, Asthi Shrinkhala, Bone Setter.