Natural Herbs for Muscle, Suma Root aka Brazilian Ginseng

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Suma Root (Pfaffia paniculata)

Common Use
Suma root, also known as Para Todo (For All Things) is called “Brazilian Ginseng” by some herbalists and is one of the most highly regarded South American herbs. While not a true member of the Panax ginseng family, it is an authentic adaptogenic herb, and as such exerts a normalizing influence on your body and can help regulate and enhance your endocrine, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems. South American Natives have used Suma for centuries to treat wounds, skin rashes, low energy and sexual disinterest. The overall effect is to give you an increased resistance to stress while having a cell-building and regenerating effect.

History
The rain forests in Brazil are home to suma root. Some of the world’s best therapeutic plants are found throughout the rainforests of South America. Pfaffia paniculata, better known as suma, is a ground vine whose root has been used for centuries to promote health. In Portuguese, Suma Root is called “para tudo” which means “for everything”. The name is likely in reference to use it being used to improve various ailments including fatigue, anxiety, erectile malaise, and stress.

Ancient Uses
Ancient tribes of South America have high regard for the Suma root. It is used to treat fatigue, loss of weight, stress, low immune system functioning and many other illnesses.

Modern Uses
In modern times, the Suma root was studied and seen to contain amino acids, minerals, electrolytes, saponins and many other chemicals that may support its therapeutic healing abilities. It is used to treat hormonal imbalances and can also be beneficial to help people with thyroid problems.

It has anti inflammatory effects that could benefit people who suffer with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can reduce swelling, pain, inflammation and reduced joint mobility. It has the ability to enhance immunity and to increase libido as well. It can provide cell and tissue rejuvenating effects; this is the main reason why it is thought to have anti cancer preventing capabilities.
Experts believe that the Suma root is a promising treatment to reduce cancer cells and leukemia cells. The ability of this herbal remedy to increase cellular oxygenation is possibly the backbone of this claim.

The Suma root has a spicy yet vanilla like flavor and is usually made into teas. When reduced to powdered form, it can be sprinkled on foods and can also be used to add flavor to certain beverages. In addition, it can be used as an herbal supplement, an extract and is also available in powdered form to be processed as capsules, or in tablet form.

Suma and Strength Building
Suma also has a nickname of “The Russian Secret”, and that’s because back in 1976 a Russian scientist called V.N. Syrov extracted an ergogenic compound called ecdysterone from the plant, and found out that it exerted more of an anabolic effect in-vitro than Dianabol and methandrostenolone, which are both anabolic steroids.

After that Syrov introduced suma and ecdysterone extracts to the Russian olympic team, and conducted several trials on the herb and extracts…

Here’s one abstract from Syrov’s trial on amateur athletes:
Experiment participants first noted a “sense of well-being” within 3-5 days, and a new increased desire to get to their next training session. Weight lifters experienced much less pain during heavy lifts when they took Suma. These researchers recommended 500 mg. for every 40 lbs. of body weight, spread out evenly in two divided doses, for the maximum gain in muscle strength and size. During a 54-day period (almost 8 weeks), the dosage was only taken on days 1-10, 16-25, and days 31-40. Despite the 24 days off the herb, researchers reported that Suma’s effects were still felt by the athletes on the off days.

This all happened during the cold war, and as suma gave a competitive edge to the Russian athletes who participated in the Olympics against U.S, it’s pretty clear that the knowledge and research conducted by V.N Syrov was kept as a secret…

Properties & Constituents
Suma root is also quite valuable nutritionally as it contains essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant sterols, steroidal saponins, nortripenes, ecdysteroids, pfaffic acids, electrolytes and trace elements. Researchers have identified 152 chemical constituents in the root, including 19 amino acids, electrolytic and trace minerals such as iron, magnesium, cobalt, silica and zinc, as well as vitamins A, B-1, B-2, E, K1, K2 and pantothenic acid. It contains high amounts of the trace element germanium, which is a powerful immune stimulator. The germanium may be partly responsible for Suma’s powerful ability to bring more oxygen to the cells.

It is considered one of the richest sources of B-Ecdysterone, a plant hormone that can help maintain your youth and strength. B-Ecdysterone can also accelerate wound healing , along with allantoin (comfrey also contains allantoin), a known cellular rebuilder that is present in this plant. Research in Brazil, Japan and the United States has found unique natural substances in Suma called pfaffosides which are believed to regulate blood sugar levels. Suma helps regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, hormones (especially estrogen) and acid-base balance. You can benefit by using Suma root as a healing agent, tonic or aphrodisiac. Suma also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate chronic and acute pain. Not recommended if pregnant or nursing mothers.

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