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Schisandra Berry Health Benefits – History, Health & How To Use It

Schisandra Berry Health Benefits – History, Health & How To Use It

Herbal tea was created and used throughout history to aid ailments of all sorts! From relieving digestion pains, chronic illness, rashes & burns and more, herbs, roots, seeds, fruits, and barks have been praised for their healing abilities.

Due to these incredible & unique attributes each herb holds, Komunity Kombucha and Fresh Steeps are teaming up to provide in depth biopsies of individual herbs, roots, seeds, fruits and more!

In this article, we will discuss the schisandra berry! We will dive deep into schisandra berries health benefits, history, & how to use it for yourself!

Schisandra Berry History

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The lovely art of gardening!

Schisandra berry can be seen used back in Ancient China. Unfortunately no specific dates are found. It is known by many names of which some are “Chinese Magnolia Vine”, “Northern Schisandra” or “Five Flavor Fruit”!

The berry is native to Northern China, Russia and parts of Korea. It grows in a creeping vine with beautiful red berries that bring a pop to any garden! They are a five flavor fruit – sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, & salty.

Throughout history the berry has been used for many things, but especially to combat fatigue. Chinese folklore even says schisandra can “calm the heart and quiet the spirit.” Let’s dive deep into the science based health benefits, or as we like to describe it…MAGIC!

Schisandra Berry Magic

Plants respond to stress much like humans do. They release hormones when reacting to an issue. This makes them great for us to consume when dealing with stress, because they carry the mechanisms that allow us to control our reactions!

Although Schisandra chinensis has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries, western medicine has yet to really embrace the power of these berries.

There are many resources that provide great information about the health benefits. Here is what makes this berry so great!

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Look at all those benefits!

  • Schisandra is referred to as “adaptogenic,” as coined by holistic doctor I. I. Brekhman – to refer to any herb that has a normalizing action. What is high is lowered and what is low is raised in the body.
  • Schisandra has been used for centuries to help people get a restful night of sleep. The reduction of adrenal fatigue symptoms can help people with sleeping issues. Another awesome study discovered that it promotes sedative effects, while having effects on the GABA, dopamine, & serotonin receptors to promote a state of well-being.
  • Schisandra prevents chemicals from damaging the liver. By providing direct support and nutrients to the liver cells, the liver is able to function properly. Liver protection and performance enhancing effects have also been demonstrated in human clinical studies.
  • Vivo (within the living) and vitro (in a lab) have shown hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antiproliferative & chemopreventive, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, and antimicrobial effects.

These studies created awareness about this berry in the U.S and is now sold for its adaptogenic effects. Its adaptogenic effects are just the beginning…. Since the 1950s, numerous clinical trials have been conducted that show improvement in activities requiring concentration, coordination, & endurance…they also demonstrated a reduction in fatigue, an increase in accuracy and work quality, and antidepressant activity.

Peak at the sources below for more info!

Why Schisandra Berry?

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The colorful splendor of schisandra berries!

Research has provided many with countless reasons to create teas & kombucha tonics with schisandra. It seems to carry a diverse abundance of healing properties that many people are able to identify with.

For founder of Komunity Kombucha (Kom Kom) Jack Joseph, “Schisandra berry kombucha has blessed me with my most productive meditation practices and locks in my focus for studying or working. Schisandra has only been part of my life for about 8 months, but has already created a lot of value for me. I look forward to exploring the bandwidth of this multi-functional fruit and continuing to share the results I experience.”

Keep in mind, all of our needs are different, so focusing on your individual needs is highly encouraged & necessary!

Schisandra Berry In Your Life

As always, we advise that you do your own research before incorporating anything new into your lifestyle. We also recommend consulting with your healthcare professional. We are simply sharing our experience with this berry, in hopes that some of you may be able to resonate with it.

Our favorite way of incorporating this berry is tea & kombucha! This berry adds such an incredible & unique flavor profile to the beverage of choice. Our favorite brands to get this are Traditional Medicinals Daily Detox & Komunity Kombucha’s (Kom Kom’s) Rose Petal Kombucha! Click on the picture below to try Traditional Medicinals or the link above for Kom Kom!

If you ever have any questions, we’re happy to answer to the best of our ability. Follow back up every week to check out our post on a new herb!

References:
– https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6412213/
– https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5378736/
– https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5336030_Pharmacology_of_Schisandra_chinensis_Bail_An_overview_of_Russian_research_and_uses_in_medicine
– https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-376/schisandra
– https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/schisandra

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