Pau d’arco is a dietary supplement made from the inner bark of several species of Tabebuia trees that grow in Central and South America.
Its name refers to both the supplement and the trees from which it’s derived.
Also known as taheebo or lapacho, pau d’arco has long been used to treat a range of ailments. As a supplement, it’s marketed to reduce inflammation and promote weight loss.
Laboratory experiments suggest that pau d’arco extract may protect against a number of disease-causing organisms.
While low levels of inflammation are beneficial, chronic inflammation is thought to lead to diseases, such as cancer, obesity, and heart disease
May Reduce Weight
Pau d’arco extract may promote weight loss by inhibiting dietary fat absorption. However, this may come with a number of side effects.
Pau d’arco extract is available in capsule, liquid, and powder form.
Traditionally, 2–3 teaspoons (10–15 grams) of the bark is simmered in water for 15 minutes and consumed as a tea 3 times per day.
But the beneficial compounds believed to give pau d’arco its effects are poorly extracted in water.
Liquid extracts of pau d’arco are a better choice because they’re made by dissolving the bark in alcohol, which draws out more of its potent compounds.
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