In September, the Health Department of Ecuador approved Samento as a medicine. Physicians are now prescribing Samento
for their patients.

Registro Sanitario 045-MNE-08-03

Medical Breakthrough

Samento, also known as TOA-Free Cat’s Claw, is a rare chemotype of a medicinal plant commonly known as Cat’s Claw, botanical name Uncaria tomentosa. Unlike traditional Cat’s Claw products, this chemotype does not contain a group of chemical antagonists called tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (TOAs) that act upon the central nervous system and can greatly inhibit the positive effect of the pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (POAs). Samento contains a standardized amount of (POAs) that primarily affect the immune cells responsible for non-specific and cellular immunity, and demonstrate powerful immune system modulating properties. According to research conducted in Austria, traditional Cat’s Claw products may contain as much as 80% TOAs, and as little as 1% TOAs can cause a 30% reduction in immune system modulating properties that POAs provide

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