If you’re currently having chemo, radiotherapy, experiencing stress of any kind or feel that your immune system has been compromised and as a result feel less than peachy….keep reading. I was doing my online shopping at Raw Living when I decided to read about one of the superfoods they sell called Schizandra. I had heard of it before as it’s used in my Lionheart Tonic Tea mixture but I don’t know a lot about the medicinal benefits that it offers. After reading about it, I then received an email from someone asking about supplements that might help them while undergoing chemotherapy for the second time.
I am a believer in synchronicity and that information is delivered to us at the right times and so with the email arriving just after having read about how Schizandra can help prevent adverse reactions from chemotherapy and radiotherapy and improve recovery post surgery, I felt that it’s my duty to share this nugget with you.
According to Raw Living, Schizandra is rich in vitamins, minerals, essential oils and phytochemicals and is used extensively in Chinese medicine. (Phytochemicals are molecules found in foods thought to protect against disease.)
The Chinese prefer to treat illness and disease much more intelligently as they look to heal and cure using the most natural products possible only resorting to snipping, cutting, blasting and poisoning as a last resort. (Hmmm why don’t we follow their lead? Oh yeah I know – it’s all about money. You can’t patent things that grow abundantly in the wild although they are trying!) The Chinese use Schizandra to help fight infections, boost immune and mental function as well as to help protect the liver. In Russia, Schizandra is actually a certified medicine for vision problems.
Like Maca, Schizandra is an adaptogen meaning that it “talks” to the endocrine system helping to balance the body’s response to stress. Here’s what Raw Living had to say about some of its awesomeness;
An adaptogen is a plant (such as Aloe vera, maca, suma and ashwaganda) which has a normalizing effect on the body. If you are too hyper, it will calm you down; if you are feeling a bit lethargic, it will wake you up. Adaptogens don’t have a specific effect on the body, what they do is rebalance the body and restore homeostasis. The more centred we are, the easier it is to deal with life’s ups and downs, and keep up with the 21st century pace of life.
Among schizandra’s main chemical constituents are compounds known as lignans, which are concentrated in the berries’ seeds. More than two dozen lignans have been identified with the prominent ones being schizandrin, gomisins such as gomisin A, and wuweizisu C. Lignans stimulate the immune system, protect and regenerate the liver, and increase the body’s ability to handle stress. They may also have mild sedative effects. Other chemical constituents in schizandra, such as an essential oil, acids, vitamins, and minerals, may contribute to the herb’s tonic effects by increasing cells’ ability to create and use energy and to process wastes or by delivering more oxygen to the body’s cells. They may also help to detoxify blood and tissues and provide nutrients crucial to bodily processes.
I know that many of you feel overwhelmed when considering buying supplements so I always suggest just starting off with one and gradually as you learn more about them and your own specific needs, you can begin adding one by one.
I hope this is of help to those of you currently undergoing any kind of stress, recovery or treatment. Do let me know how you get on. Is anyone taking any at the moment and if so, how are you feeling on it? Are they the schiz?