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NEW!! Called "the Russian secret," because it has been taken by Russian Olympic athletes for many years to stimulate muscle growth, control appetite by regulating blood sugar levels and boost endurance, Suma root, though mistakenly called “Brazilian Ginseng” (it does not belong to the Ginseng family) has far greater medicinal properties and reported health benefits than any variety of Ginseng.
Indigenous to the rain forests of the Amazon Basin of South America, Suma root, derived from the base of the Suma vine has for hundreds of years been used for its ability to heal wounds, balance blood sugar levels, strengthen muscles, relieve chronic pain and inflammation, improve low energy and sexual libido, stimulate circulation, reduce tumors, stabilize blood pressure and for treating conditions such as diabetes, skin problems, and tumors. Proponents of Suma assert that it promotes the body's ability to adapt to stress and works as a harmonizing agent that restores and boosts the immune system.
Nutritionally, our Premium Suma Root powder contains novel Phytochemicals including Saponins, Pfaffic acids, Glycosides, and Nortriterpenes which have important reported health benefits as shown below.
The following substances make up the nutrient composition of our Premium Suma Root powder :
1. Allantoin: promotes the healing of wounds and speeds up cell regeneration;
2. Beta-ecdysterone: the main reason for the muscle-building and endurance capabilities;
3. Germanium: a powerful natural antioxidant which stimulates the immune system and acts as an oxygenator at the cellular level;
4. Pfaffosides: (triterpene) phytochemical saponins that contribute to lowering cholesterol levels, regulating blood sugar levels and inhibiting cancer cell growth;
5. Sitosterol and stigmasterol: steroids that have been found to be beneficial to the heart and to aid in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood;
6. Many essential vitamins (e.g. vitamins A, B-1, B-2, E, K), minerals (e.g. iron, magnesium, cobalt, silica and zinc), amino acids and trace elements. Its high iron content may account for its traditional use for anemia.
Suma root has a very high Saponin content (up to 11%). In phytochemistry, plant saponins are well known to have a wide spectrum of activities including lowering blood cholesterol, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and acting as antifungal and antibacterial agents. They are also known as natural detergent and foaming agents. Phytochemists report that saponins can act by binding with bile acids and cholesterol. It is thought that these chemicals "clean" or purge these fatty compounds from the body (thus lowering blood cholesterol levels). One of the most famous plant saponins is digitalis, derived from the common foxglove garden plant, which has been used as a heart drug for over 100 years.
Doctors and herbalists in South America, North America and Europe have used the Suma root to successfully treat people suffering from a wide variety of medical conditions that range from skin rashes to cancer. It also is reported to prevent recurrent infections, viral syndromes, diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, and the early onset of various cancers. The Suma root has also been recommended for women as it soothes and relieves menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), and hormonal imbalances particularly, estrogen.
It is also beneficial for athletes as it stimulates muscle growth, controls appetite by regulating blood sugar levels, boosts energy, balances hormones and enhances the overall functioning of body systems.
Thomas Bartram, in his extensive book Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, reports that Suma is used in Europe to restore nerve and glandular functions, to balance the endocrine system, to strengthen the immune system, for infertility, menopausal, and menstrual symptoms, to minimize the side effects of birth control medications, for high cholesterol, to neutralize toxins, and as a general restorative tonic after illness.
In North American herbal medicine, Suma root is used as an adaptogenic and regenerative tonic regulating many systems of the body; as an immunostimulant; to treat exhaustion and chronic fatigue, impotence, arthritis, anemia, diabetes, cancer, tumors, mononucleosis, high blood pressure, PMS, menopause, and hormonal disorders, and many types of stress. In herbal medicine in Ecuador today, Suma is considered a tonic and "normalizer" for the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, the reproductive system, and the digestive system; it is used to treat hormonal disorders, sexual dysfunction and sterility, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, circulatory and digestive disorders, rheumatism, and bronchitis.
Suma has also been called "the Russian secret," as it has been taken by Russian Olympic athletes for many years and has been reported to increase muscle-building and endurance without the side effects associated with steroids. This action is attributed to an anabolic-type phytochemical called beta-ecdysterone and three novel ecdysteroid glycosides that are found in high amounts in Suma. Suma is such a rich source of beta-ecdysterone that it is the subject of a Japanese patent for the extraction methods employed to obtain it from Suma root (approximately 2.5 g of beta-ecdysterone can be extracted from 400 g of powdered Suma root-or .63%). These same Japanese researchers filed a U.S. patent in 1998 for a proprietary extract of Suma (which extracted the ecdysterone and beta-ecdysterone); it claimed (through various in vivo and in vitro studies) that their compound maintained health, enhanced the immune system, and had a tonic and an anti-allergenic effect. A French company also filed a U.S. patent on the topical use of these ecdysterone chemicals, claiming that their Suma ecdysterone extract strengthened the water barrier function of the skin, increased skin keratinocyte differentiation (which would be helpful for psoriasis), gave the skin a smoother, softer appearance and, also, improved hair appearance.
The majority of research on the Suma root has been conducted by Russian scientists who examined the effects of combining ecdysterone, high quantities of which are found in the Suma plant, with a high protein diet. Their findings showed that lean muscle mass increased by 6-7% and body fat decreased by 10%.
Another Russian study (Chermynkh et al., 1988) compared the muscle-building capabilities of ecdysterone and methandrostenolone, a powerful anabolic steroid. The results showed that ecdysterone had wider anabolic action on contractile proteins of the muscle than methandrostenolone.
Further research determined that ecdysterone had anabolic effects similar to those of the synthetic steroid Dianabol. However, ecdysterone did not demonstrate any of the harmful side effects.
How to Use our Premium Suma Root Powder
Our Premium Suma Root powder has a pleasant taste and blends well with cereals, ice creams, juices, milks, yogurts, smoothies, cookie toppings (after baking) and desserts and can be added to a variety of recipes. The recommended dosage is 500 to 1,000 mg taken up to three times daily. This is equivalent to 2 teaspoons of powder per day.
For bodybuilding or weightlifting, researchers recommend taking 500 mg for every 40 lbs. of body weight. For optimal gain in muscle strength and size, doses should be spread out in two equal amounts.
About the Suma Plant
The Suma plant (Pfaffia paniculata) is a large, rambling, shrubby ground vine with an intricate, deep and extensive root system and is indigenous to the Amazon basin and other tropical parts of Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. It is primarily found in the ravines of the upper Amazon rainforest. It is nicknamed "para tudo" which means "for all aliments".
Warnings and Contraindications
To date, there have been no reports warning about the toxicity of the plant and no reported drug interactions. In powder form, the root has the potential to cause asthmatic allergic reactions upon inhalation. Because of its impact on hormone levels in the body, it is speculated that it may induce estrogen-like effects in some people. Animal studies suggest that Suma can raise estradiol-17beta, progesterone and testosterone levels. In addition, this plant has been traditionally used in Brazil to regulate menstrual processes, as well as for menopause, PMS, and other hormonal disorders. Individuals who have estrogen-receptor positive (ER-positive) cancers should not use Suma root. Women who are pregnant or nursing should also avoid using Suma and any products which may contain it.
Ingestion of large amounts of plant saponins in general (naturally occurring chemicals in Suma) has shown to sometimes cause mild gastric disturbances including nausea and stomach cramping.
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Anticancerous & Antileukemic Actions:
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Hormonal & Aphrodisiac Actions:
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Adaptogenic, Immunostimulant, & Cellular-Protective:
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Freitas, C. S., et al. “Involvement of nitric oxide in the gastroprotective effects of an aqueous extract of Pfaffia glomerata
(Spreng) Pedersen, Amaranthaceae, in rats.” Life Sci. 2004 Jan; 74(9): 1167-79.
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Anti-inflammatory & Pain-Relieving Actions:
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of Pfaffia glomerata (Spreng) Pedersen in m ice.” J. Pharm. Pharmacol. 2006 May; 58(5): 667-75.
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Memory Enhancement Actions:
Marques, L. C., et al. “Psychopharmacological assessment of Pfaffia glomerata roots (extract BNT-08) in rodents.”
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