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What is Schisandra?
Schisandra is a berry native to Asia and Russia, and a mainstay of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Schisandra’s botanical name is Schisandra chinensis, but it is also often referred to as the ‘five flavor’ berry — on account of its distinctive flavor profile that encompasses the spectrum of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent.
What are the benefits of Schisandra?
Schisandra has a multitude of reported health benefits. Schisandra berries have been used for over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to sustain energy, improve concentration, support the liver, and lower stress.
Small human studies indicate that Schisandra may improve attention and thinking, and ease depression and anxiety symptoms — yet we still have a lot to learn about this super berry.
What is the active ingredient in Schisandra berry?
Schisandra contains a variety of bioactive compounds including schisandrins, schisantherin, and schisandrols. Schisandrins in particular are believed to be responsible for Schisandra’s unique energizing effects.
What is Schisandra used for?
Schisandra is used for improving focus
Supplementing with Schisandra has been shown to improve certain cognitive parameters. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial, a group of healthy women suffering from chronic stress were administered Schisandra, and reported significant improvements in attention, speed, and accuracy after just two hours of supplementation.
Schisandra is used for lowering stress
Schisandra is an adaptogenic herb meaning it supports your body’s innate capacity to handle stress.
Research conducted with adaptogens has already begun to prove the wide-reaching benefits these plants have on reducing mental, physical, and emotional stress. Several studies have already proven the stress-protective effect of Schisandra.
Is Schisandra an adaptogen? What does that mean?
Yes, Schisandra is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are a class of plants and herbs that are believed to help your body combat everyday stressors and restore homeostasis. Adaptogens help to restore hormonal balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands.
Why is Schisandra berry called the beauty berry?
Schisandra is used widely in skincare products and is sometimes referred to as the beauty berry. This is due to the fact that Schisandra is a powerful antioxidant and contains large amounts of Vitamin C and E which support skin and immunity, and fight free radical damage. It is also believed to reduce facial redness by decreasing sensitivity to external stressors.
Where can I buy Schisandra?
Schisandra is widely available in health stores or online. While the benefits of this berry are many, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t monitor the quality or purity of herbal supplements. Adding impure ingredients like heavy metals to vitamins is (unfortunately) far more common than you may think.
At hundred, we keep it transparent by performing quality control checks throughout the supply chain, and we screen all our herbal supplements such as Ashwagandha and Gotu Kola for toxins and heavy metals to ensure purity and safety.
How should I take Schisandra powder?
Schisandra is a bright red berry with a distinctive ‘five flavor’ taste profile. It is commonly ingested in powder form — mixed directly into food or a beverage of choice, or encapsulated in vitamin form.
If you opt for the pure powder variety, we recommend adding 1-2 tsp per day to smoothies, teas, tonics, or citrus fruit juices. Flavor wise, it also pairs well with vanilla.
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