The Center for Proactive Medicine; Paige Adams, FNP, B-C's Facebook Wall 2014-06-07 16:28:50
Timeline PhotosSchizandra is a medicinal berry that has been used for thousands of years for its exceptional health promoting benefits. Schizandra berries contain special adaptogenic properties which means they help balance the body’s stress hormones and normalize organ function during times of mental, emotional, physical, or environmental stress. This unique ability protects the body from intense stress damage and helps to provide a more resilient endocrine, immune, and central nervous system. Schizandra berries are also phenomenal for sharpening mental focus, enhancing memory skills, and increasing clarity and concentration. The berries are particularly good for adrenal fatigue, heart disease, cardiovascular issues, autoimmune disorders, macular degeneration, neurological disorders, and for keeping blood sugar stable and balanced. Schizandra berries contain both glutathione peroxidase and gomison-A which are compounds that are highly beneficial for the liver and can help prevent liver inflammation and tissue destruction making it an excellent herb for hepatitis, jaundice, HIV/AIDS, and other viral conditions. In chinese medicine, schizandra is often used to soothe respiratory illnesses such as chronic coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia, COPD, and respiratory infections. Athletes often depend on schizandra berries to help increase their physical endurance and stamina. Schizandra berries are also revered around the world for their ability to provide a clear and glowing complexion that defies the aging process. Dried schizandra berries make a wonderful tea and tonic drink, simply soak a handful of berries in several cups of water overnight and sip throughout the day. Schizandra can be found online or at your local health food store in tincture, capsule, extract, and tea form.