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Schizandra Berry (Wu Wei Zi) Benefits


Schizandra berry is a small and bright red fruit. In Chinese, it is known as Wu Wei Zi (or “five flavour berry”) as it tastes sweet, sour, bitter, salty and pungent at the same time.

Schizandra berries are best used for its medicinal properties, and not for eating as fruits. They can made into powder, tablets, capsules, extracts, juices, tea and tinctures.


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Schizandra Berry Benefits

Schizandra has balancing, regulative and tonic properties. It is an adaptogenic herb, which means it helps your body to adapt and return to a balanced stateĀ  of calm and well-being. For example, it can stimulate your body when you need the energy boost and calm you down in stressful situations. Adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to physical, chemical and biological stress, thereby protect against damage caused by long-term stress.

For thousand of years, schisandra has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to
- slow aging, promote youthfulness and longevity
- increase energy and prevent fatigue
- improve mental function, focus, memory and clarity
- enhance physical performance and endurance
- strengthen sexual organs
- beautify skin
- aid digestion
- reduce stress hormone levels
- protect the liver

In Russia, schizandra has been widely studied since 1940s. It is recognised as an adaptogen in the official medicine in the early 1960s and has been used as an official medicinal remedy for more than 40 years.

Schisandra Active Constituents

Schisandra contains lignans, which protect the liver and stimulate the immune system. Lignans activate enzymes in the liver cells to produce glutathione, an important antioxidant to maintaining normal liver function.

Lignans also have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. They are usedĀ  in drugs for treating hepatitis and other liver diseases.

Schizandra Berry: Featured on Dr Oz Show

The Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham appeared on Dr Oz show to reveal the little known miracle anti-aging pill, schizandra berry. It contains potent antioxidants to help your skin look younger, protect it against aging and get rid of toxins from the body.

In addition, Chris recommended Schizandra berry as a great alternative to energy drinks and coffee when you need the energy boost. He never felt fatigue when taking this berry. Schizandra berry is also good for improving memory, focus and thought formation.

It can be taken in the forms of juice, tea, liquid extract or supplement. If you are taking the supplement, the recommended dosage by Chris is 500 mg/day.

See: Where To Buy Schizandra Berry Extract Supplements

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