Schisandra chinensis is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. And for good reason. This herb might just do it all.
Schisandra is antibacterial, adaptogenic, liver protective, immune modulating, and antioxidant. It can restore liver function, support the immune system, increase brain function, improve mental alertness, and build strength.
But schisandra's amazing healing powers don't stop there. Here is what researching is saying about schisandra:
Health Benefits of Schisandra
- Prevents aging from sun exposure
- Reduces inflammation in acne
- Modulates neurotransmitters to produce an antidepressant effect
- Protects brain function and prevents neurodegeneration
- Improves insulin resistance
- Increases liver regeneration
- May prevent growth of tumors
Schisandra may be beneficial is treating insomnia, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, Alzheimer's, dementia, prediabetes, type II diabetes, acne, skin aging, and liver disease. As an adaptogen and liver restorative, it is a great daily tonic to combat the stresses of daily life including environmental toxins, unhealthy food, and mental and emotional stress.
- Schisandra tea: boil 1 TBSP of schisandra berries in 1 cup of water, covered for 15 minutes; drink 3 cups a day.
- Powdered schisandra berries: add 1 TBSP of powdered berries to smoothies and oatmeal.
- Tincture: an alcohol extract; take 1 ml three times a day
Most studies tested schisandra in animal models, not human, so the safety of schisandra is not well understood. No major side effects have been reported in adults using schisandra. However, you must talk to your doctor before taking schisandra. It has the potential to interfere with medications and supplements, so please talk to your doctor to determine if schisandra is appropriate for you and at what dose.
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Jin, D., Zhao, T., Feng, W., Mao, G., Zou, Y., Wang, W., . . . Wu, X. (2016). Schisandra polysaccharide increased glucose consumption by up-regulating the expression of GLUT-4. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 87, 555-562. doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.03.028
Zhao, X., Liu, C., Xu, M., Li, X., Bi, K., & Jia, Y. (2016). Total Lignans of Schisandra chinensis Ameliorates Aβ1-42-Induced Neurodegeneration with Cognitive Impairment in Mice and Primary Mouse Neuronal Cells. PLOS ONE PLoS ONE, 11(4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152772
Yan, T., Xu, M., Wu, B., Liao, Z., Liu, Z., Zhao, X., . . . Jia, Y. (2016). The effect of Schisandra chinensis extracts on depression by noradrenergic, dopaminergic, GABAergic and glutamatergic systems in the forced swim test in mice. Food Funct., 7(6), 2811-2819. doi:10.1039/c6fo00328a
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