Ingredients & DescriptionSeacoast Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract functions as an all-natural herbal laxative to help relieve constipation. Cascara bark, also known as sacred bark, is derived from the Cascara tree found in the provinces and states located on the pacific coast such as Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The bark is removed from the tree and dried for one year before it can be used medicinally because fresh Cascara bark is known to cause vomiting and nausea. The medicinally dried bark has been used for centuries to treat constipation in a safe, gentle, and effective manner. In the sixteenth century, Europeans traditionally used the herb called buckthorn to relieve constipation. However, when Spanish explorers were introduced to Cascara bark by Northern California Indians, they quickly switched to the sacred bark because it had a gentler and more natural laxative affect. The use of Cascara bark in Europe became widespread and Cascara Sagrada Bark has been approved for constipation relief by the U.S. Pharmacopoeia since 1890.
Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract is an effective approach to relieving constipation in a natural way. Cascara bark contains large amounts of hydroxyanthraquinone glycosides called cascarosides. It also consists of lipids, tannins, and resins. The cascarosides (also known as anthroquinones) play an important role in the bark's function as a laxative. They stimulate contractions in the colon, called peristalsis, which then causes the urge to have a bowel movement. Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract usually causes its laxative effect approximately 6-12 hours from the time it is first taken. It is usually recommended to take Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract around bedtime in order to find constipation relief in the morning. Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract is one of the most commonly used herbal laxatives today. In addition to providing natural constipation relief, some research has shown that the use of the bark extract can also help to improve the muscle tone of the colon's wall. Typically, the recommended dosage for Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract is a 300mg capsule. It is always best to use the least amount of Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract as possible to achieve results in the safest manner. It is also highly recommended to consume at least six 8 ounce (180 ml) glasses of water throughout the day whenever taking Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract. It should be taken for no longer than 8-10 consecutive days.
Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract could pose some side effects that should be noted. It can sometimes cause abdominal cramping due to the colonic contractions. It can also cause electrolyte imbalance (loss of potassium) and loss of body fluids or dehydration. In some cases, the long-term use of Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract can cause a dark pigmentation of the colon called melanosis coli. You should contact your doctor if you experience vomiting, bloody diarrhea, discolored urine, or prolonged abdominal pain. Pregnant or nursing women should not consume Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract unless otherwise directed by a physician. It should not be used by people with diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe hemorrhoids, blood vessel disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease, severe anemia, abdominal hernia, gastrointestinal cancer, or liver and kidney disease. It should also not be used after recent colon surgery of any kind. It should not be used if appendicitis is suspected. The long-term use of Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract has been found to possibly cause weakened bowel function as well as potentially promote colon growths or cancer. Cascara Sagrada Bark Extract can interfere with some medications, especially digitalis-like medications. You should ALWAYS consult with your physician before you take any new medication, supplements, or herbal treatments.