Yup! Schisandra is one of the super-foods in Shakeology. I never even knew it existed until I read the list of ingredients! It is one of the amazing ingredients in the proprietary adaptogens blend. What is an adaptogen? Definition for Merriam-Webster: a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning. In short- helps our bodies deal with stress and supports our immune system!
Chinese folklore says that Schisandra can "calm the heart and quiet the spirit." It has a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Schisandra, also known as magnolia vine due to its ability to grow upwards in a creeping fashion, is a native to Northern China, Russia, and parts of Korea.
Its Chinese name is wu-wei-zi, which means five taste fruit. Schisandra has a sour, sweet, bitter, warm and salty taste, hence the name “five taste”.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has also used it as a lung astringent, for coughs, and asthma as well as the vines and roots for painful joints and rheumatism.
Schisandra is used as an adaptogen for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance. It is also used for treating liver disease (hepatitis) and protecting the liver against poisons.
The Chinese have developed a liver-protecting drug called DBD that is made from schisandrin, one of the chemicals in schisandra berry.
Schisandra supports the skin and its functions. It is widely used to beautify the skin and to protect the skin from the damaging effects of wind. Due to the astringent quality of Schizandra the skin tends to hold it’s moisture more and becomes more smooth and beautiful.
It has been used widely by men and women of China to keep skin youthful and young, especially the women of the imperial court.
Schisandra chinensis has been used for a millennia for prolong life, retarding the aging process, increasing energy, skin beautifier, as a fatigue-fighter, and as a sexual tonic.
Schisandra berry has been shown to have very high adaptogenic activity which specifically reduce stress, both mental and physical.
It also is a potent general tonic, decreasing fatigue, enhancing physical performance, and promoting endurance.
Several studies have shown it helps to prevent mental fatigue and increases accuracy and quality of work. It has also been found to reduce blood sugar and blood pressure and stimulate the immune system. Schisandra is also helpful in speeding recovery after surgery.
Possible Health Benefits Summary
~ Reduces stress
~ Increases concentration
~ Decreases the aging process
~ Improves skin
~ Decreases fatigue
~ Increases endurance
~ Lowers blood pressure
~ Boosts immune system
~ Lowers cholesterol
~ Reduces the asthma
~ Strengthena the liver
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