Suma (Pfaffia Paniculata)

    Suma (= Brazilian Ginseng) (Pfaffia paniculata)

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    1– Suma (= Brazilian Ginseng) Dry Extract 1:1 (spray dried
           Packing: 25kg net polypropylene bags into fiber barrel 

    2 – Suma (= Brazilian Ginseng) Powder 
            Packing: 25kg net polypropylene bags into fiber barrel

    Family: Amaranthaceae Genus: Pfaffia

    Species: paniculata

    Synonyms: Hebanthe paniculata, Gomphrena paniculata, G. eriantha, Iresine erianthos, I. paniculata, I. tenuis, Pfaffia eriantha, Xeraea paniculata

    Main Actions

    • supports hormones

    • adaptogenic

    • relieves pain

    • reduces inflammation

    • inhibits cancer

    •  kills leukemia cells

    • enhances immunity

    • Diabetes

    Other Actions

    • inhibits blood sickling

    • lowers cholesterol

    • calms nerves

    • inhibits tumor growth

    • increases libido

    • oxygenates cells

    • Sexual problems

    Pfaffia paniculata (also known as Suma root or Brazilian Ginseng) is a large, shrubby ground vine, which has a deep root system (where active substances are found) and is traditional herbal medicine. Although it is sometimes called Brazilian ginseng it is not related to ginseng. Suma is categorized as adaptogen as it helps body adapt to stressful conditions. People of Amazon region have used Suma root for centuries as tonic and aphrodisiac.

    Suma is used as an “adaptogen” to help the body adapt to stress by improving the immune system. Suma is also used as a treatment for cancer and tumors, diabetes, and male sexual performance problems; as a tonic to restore body function; and as an aphrodisiac to heighten sexual arousal.

    Suma is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds and skin problems.

    How does it work?

    Some researchers think that the chemicals in suma may stop some cancers from developing, decrease swelling, and relieve pain.

    Why is Suma root added to testosterone boosters?

    Well, as you might have noticed testosterone boosters are filled with aphrodisiacs of which many are poorly studied or their claimed effects originate only from empirical use. The same is with suma root. There is insufficient evidence for its use for treatment for sexual problems and no evidence for its use as testosterone enhancing supplement. It is probably added due to its beta-ecdysterone content, which has been hyped up and later proven that is has no ergogenic effect. There is no evidence to support the conversion of plant sterols to testosterone in the human body.

    Pfaffia paniculata extract seem to improve sexual performance of sexually sluggish or impotent rats, while having no effect on sexually potent rats.

    Other uses and benefits of Pfaffia paniculata (Suma root)

    Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian ginseng) roots have been indicated for the treatment of several diseases. Carneiro and other researchers have shown that Pfaffia paniculata root has antineoplastic effects (inhibiting or preventing the developement of malignant cells) and cancer chemopreventive activity. Animals did not lose weight during 10 day treatment with doses ranging from 250 to 1000 mg/kg.

    The root of Pfaffia paniculata contains about 11% saponins (pfaffosides, pfaffic acids, glycosides, and nortriperpenes). These saponins have clinically demonstrated the ability to inhibit cultured tumor cell melanomas and help to regulate blood sugar levels.

    Suma root side effects

    Suma root is considered safe for most people when taken by mouth


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