Schizandra Berry Whole
Other Names - Wu-wei-zi, Magnolia Vine, Japanese Gomishi, Korean Omicha, Fruit Of Five Flavors, O Mi Cha
Origin - China
Flavor Profile - Fruit delivers all five taste sensations—salty, sweet, sour, pungent and bitter—at the same time.
Culinary Usages - Use to make teas, tinctures, wines, cordials and syrups. When making a schizandra tea, use about 1 tablespoon of whole schizandra berries per cup of water. A good recipe is to use 3 cups of water in a tea kettle. Add 3 tablespoons of berries into the water and bring up to a boil. Turn the heat down and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the berries out and refrigerate what you don’t drink right away. Feel free to add more or less berries.
Equine Usage - One double-blind placebo study looked at 12 racehorses, all of similar age, weight, temperament and training and all with high liver enzymes and low performance issues. After fourteen days, the horses on schizandra, had lower liver enzymes in comparison to the placebo. Fifty percent of the horses on schizandra also had improved appearance and performance. Recommended Amount: 1/2 Tbsp once a day, based on 1000 lb. Horse.
Shisandra chinensis been used in Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years and has been verified by modern research to have pretty amazing health enhancing effects on the body. It’s been shown to be one of the most well-balanced daily maintenance, or “tonic” herbs in existence, providing multi-organ support and an array of benefits. Truthfully, when you start to look at the research that’s been done on this herb and try to list all of the benefits, it starts to sound pretty ridiculous. But when you have substance that’s helped so many people for so long—we’re talking over the course of multiple dynasties in ancient China—the evidence (both anecdotal and scientific) starts to pile up.
The unique thing about schizandra is that it not only has the ability to clean the liver of toxins, it also has the ability to cleanse the blood of the waste that has been removed, transporting it safely out of the body. Schizandra is one of the only herbs known to have this dual capability, known as Phase I and Phase II detoxification.
Relating to concentration, memory & alertness. Schizandra also has a dual-directional function on the central nervous system, meaning that it can act as a stimulant when you need a lift, yet also serve as a mild sedative you when you are overstimulated due to nervousness, anxiety, etc. The stimulation derived from schizandra is not anything like you’d expect from coffee or caffeinated beverages. It is a balanced boost and does not cause the jitters or nervousness at all. Schizandra is completely caffeine free.
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