ACAI AND GOJI, MAKE ROOM. THERE’S A NEW SUPER-BERRY IN TOWN.
The Schisandra berry might look like just your average berry, but don’t be fooled. You’ll hardly ever find Schisandra sprinkled on yoghurt and you’ll be hard-pressed to find it at your local farmers market, but this little berry packs a serious punch of health-boosting benefits that you’ll love.
In fact, the Schisandra berry is almost exclusively used in medicine, and has been a staple of medicinal remedies for almost 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. And into the present day, Schisandra’s benefits are still believed to be impressive - prolonged lifespan, slower ageing process, less fatigue and enhanced libido.
Here’s how Schisandra can help optimise your health and wellbeing.
SCHISANDRA HELPS YOU DEAL WITH STRESS
An adaptogen, Schisandra is said to support adrenal function to help us deal with stress, balance our hormones naturally and improve our ability to handle life’s stressors – both physical and psychological.
Adaptogens have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine to naturally raise the body’s resistance to anxiety, environmental stress, toxins, emotional trauma, mental illnesses and more. And because Schisandra helps nurture the adrenal glands and naturally lower the production of stress hormones such as cortisol, it is linked with enhanced mental capabilities and metabolic health.
Impressively, studies from the Swedish Herbal Institute also indicate that adaptogens including Schisandra have natural antidepressant effects, even when the brain is under stress and tiring conditions. This is particularly pertinent when you consider that there’s a proven link between lower stress and better immune functions.
Schisandra is said to support adrenal function and helps us deal with stress
SCHISANDRA CAN FIGHT INFLAMMATION
Inflammation is said to be the root of disease and thanks to Schisandra’s high concentration of antioxidant compounds, it fends off free radical damage and lowers inflammatory responses, helping to keep you fighting fit!
And for everyone interested in preventing cancer, you’ll be pleased to know that Schisandra’s active lignans (including deoxyschizandrin, gomisins, pregomisin, and schizandrin) have been shown to have chemo-protective abilities, also controlling the body’s release of leukocytes (that promote inflammation) and improving the body’s natural ability to repair tissue.
SCHISANDRA SUPPORTS A HEALTHY LIVER
This little super-berry is your immune system’s new best friend. Schisandra’s immune-boosting abilities are said to be profound, increasing enzyme production, increasing helpful antioxidant activity, regulating the circulatory system and improving digestion and improving the liver’s ability to rid toxic waste from the body.
And over the past half century, dozens of studies have proven the potency of Schisandra in cleansing the liver, including healing fatty liver disease.
Since liver health is tied to stronger immunity, Schisandra has also been shown to be protective against various gastrointestinal disorders.
SCHISANDRA HELPS YOU THINK CLEARLY
Say goodbye to brain fog and watch your mental performance improve when you add Schisandra to your diet! One of the oldest uses of Schisandra is raising energy and promoting mental performance.
A notable difference in Schisandra to other energy stimulants that are used for aiding mental clarity and overall stamina is that it does not increase energy by effecting the release of stress hormones.
In fact, Schisandra has the opposite effects to some of the nasty symptoms of a caffeine overdose. Instead of creating nervousness and an irregular heartbeat, Schisandra promotes a ‘calm’ energy and regulates blood pressure whilst delivering a natural boost.
SCHISANDRA SUPPORTS A HEALTHY GLOW
Super nutrient, protector, beauty tonic - is there anything that Schisandra can’t do?
Schisandra is a great nourisher of the skin, improving overall tone, complexion and radiance as well as protecting from sun and wind exposure, allergic reactions, dryness and toxin accumulation.
Schisandra has also been widely prescribed for skin diseases such as dermatitis and psoriasis.
SCHISANDRA GETS YOUR MOTOR RUNNING
Hormone balance has much to do with a healthy sex life, and new research increasingly shows that Schisandra is highly beneficial for fertility and reproductive health, helping promote a strong libido, warding off sexual dysfunction (such as impotence) and promoting general health and wellbeing in the reproductive organs.
It’s for this reason that Schisandra also features in SUPER BOOSTERS – Men’s Libido + Endurance, alongside other potent medicinal libido-boosting herbs such as Flower Pollen extract, Maca extract and Horny Goat Weed.
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These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg.
Schisandra truly is a superfood in every sense of the word and its potential to improve your health is profound. Once you try Schisandra, it’s hard not to fall in love with it.