The sweet, mildly acrid root of suma (also called para toda or Brazilian ginseng), is well-known for its role as an energy tonic, an adaptogen, a demulcent, and a nutrient in herbal health. It helps support the spleen, the pancreas, and the lungs. good product -- Anonymous
The sweet, mildly acrid root of suma (also called para toda or Brazilian ginseng), is well-known for its role as an energy tonic, an adaptogen, a demulcent, and a nutrient in herbal health. It helps support the spleen, the pancreas, and the lungs.
The biochemical analysis of the root has revealed the presence of nortriterpenoid saponin, in which pfaffic acid was identified as a hydrolysis product. Six saccharide derivatives of the pfaffic acid structural type, plus five of the six pfaffosides have been found to help support healthy immunity levels. Suma root also contains sitosterol, stigmasterol and allantoin. Further studies have shown the presence of fairly high concentrations of germanium.
As an energy tonic adaptogen, suma is at least equal to that of Siberian ginseng and panax ginseng in its effects. One advantage is that it has traditionally been used as a food, despite its bland, vanilla-like flavor. However, considering its powerful tonic properties, it should be more widely appreciated and used in teas and tonic herb food formulas.
Most of the clinical data and research on the use of suma has been undertaken by Dr. Milton Brazzach, who is head of the scientific department at Sao Paulo University. His interest began when his own wife experienced support for breast health issues by ingesting the root. Since that time he has documented at least 150 cases where fairly high daily amounts of suma (up to 28 grams throughout the day) were taken over a period of several months to a few years. He has successfully used it on some of the most serious health issues of our times, with the most outstanding results on immunity deficiencies, especially leukemia and lymphatic system issues, and blood sugar level concerns.
Suma can also be tried to help support anyone with chronic fatigue or low energy.
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