Lube 101 Definitions

Zanthoxylum Alatum

An extract made from a tree commonly found in China. It is also known simply by its genus name Zanthoxylum or by colloquial names such as winged prickly ash.

The fruit of Zanthoxylum is used to make Sichuan pepper spice. It has pain-relieving, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lubricants sometimes use Zanthoxylum extract to create a pleasurable warming or tingling sensation.

While it is a fairly well-tolerated substance, Zanthoxylum may cause irritation or unpleasant burning sensations in some users. Despite this, it is generally considered to be safe and non-carcinogenic.

Zinc Sulfide

Zinc Sulfide Luminescent Zinc Sulfide is a colorant containing a copper additive. Luminescent Zinc Sulfide imparts a color to cosmetics and personal care products.

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Saw Palmetto

The fruit of the serenoa plant, often used as an herbal treatment for a variety of urinary conditions including benign prostate hyperplasia (also known as BPH, an enlargement of the prostate common in older men).

However, clinical trials indicate that saw palmetto is probably no more effective at treating BPH than a placebo. The fruit’s extract may contain enzymes that affect the body’s ability to process sex hormones, including testosterone, but there is currently limited research for this use. As saw palmetto extract also includes phytosterols, a type of plant steroid compound, it may lower cholesterol levels when taken regularly.

As a supplement, saw palmetto is considered safe. The most common side effects include upset stomach and other mild gastrointestinal issues.

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