Potential Health Benefits of the Schisandra Berry

BY SANDRA GUY

A pandemic-inspired obsession with natural remedies should include on your checklist the Schisandra Berry, whose five flavors correspond to the elements of traditional Chinese medicine. How much more traditional can a berry get?

The purple-red berries comprise these flavors and corresponding elements: Sour (wood), bitter (fire), sweet (Earth), acrid (metal) and salty (water).

The berries have been used for medicinal purposes throughout Asia and Russia for generations. In China, they have been used to treat everything from coughs to fatigue to liver function.

Perhaps the most expansive benefit is to relax muscles, which can allow greater blood flow to major muscles, which can help with athletic performance and relieve stress and depression.

A typical dose (130 milligrams, on average) is said to improve blood flow and circulation, as well as increase the flow of nitric oxide in the blood. But it’s best to consult a doctor before trying this supplement, whether it be in a pill, a juice, powdered or dried berry form.

You may see listings of Schisandrins A, B, and C. Those are bioactive chemical compounds extracted from the berries of the Schisandra plant.

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