As with many things internet based, a lot of information is copied and pasted, has a dash of creative license, a sprinkling of Chinese whispers and boom you have a new superfood or a superherb. When we select our products we look for the most effective and the very best quality. So we research, then research some more, and provide all of that research here, so that you can make up your own mind.
ANTI-OXIDANTS and ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Studies suggest that Schisandra contains high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids which are anti-oxidants that have been suggested to be effective at free radical scavenging. (7, 8, 14, 15)
Suggesting that anti-oxidants are potentially responsible for:
- anti-fatigue, and
- anti-inflammatory, and
- organ health (liver).
COGNITIVE and PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE
The adaptogenic properties of Schisandra work similarly to Eleuthero and have also been shown to potentially demonstrate protective actions within the brain but further studies are required.
In addition, it has been studied and suggested that Schisandra — again due to its adaptogenic properties — potentially exhibits the ability to increase mental and physical performance, in some instances, this can take effect within as little as 30 minutes of consumption and lasts for around 4-6hours, and even better, unlike other stimulants, Schisandra doesn't have addictive qualities, doesn't have a "come down", nor does it effect sleep.
Research surrounding the adaptogenic effects of various traditional medicines, have also suggested that Schisanrda may have a neuroprotective effects, and also those specific to aging related decline. (1, 3, 4, 13, 14)
HORMONES (Immune Support)
Schisandra has been studied regarding its effects glucose metabolism and strenuous exercise, which then put undue stress on immune function. It was found that Schisandra had the potential to reduce cortisol and blood glucose levels, which protected the adrenals, the balance of which plays an important role in supporting immune function. Recent studies, as recent as 2016, have also found that Shisandra may have an anti-depressant like effect due to it's ability to regulate the adrenals. In another study it was suggested that schisandra was able to provide anti-depressant like effects by potentially mediating the modification of noradrenergic (noradrenaline: fight or flight response), dopaminergic (dopamine: feelings of pleasure), GABAergic (calming) and glutamatergic (learning and memory) systems. (16, 17)
Due to it's adaptogenic activity, Schisandra has been suggested to have the ability to aid in treating fatigue by enabling the body to better handle stress through regulation. Scientific trials have documented that Schisandra and Eleuthero may potentially increase endurance and mental performance in patients who have mild fatigue and weakness, as the stress response in the body was being regulated. Also potential due to its capacity as an adaptogen. (1, 3)
Studies have suggested that due to the potent anti-oxidative effects of Schisandra, it helps prevent the oxidation of lipids (fats) in the liver and so may help protect the liver from toxicity or disease. (2, 6, 7, 9)
ORGANS and BACTERIA (GUTT)
Research suggests that Schisandra's use as a treatment for Gastrointestinal issues may be warranted, due to its ability to increase the intestinal transit rate and so help alleviate such issues. (10)