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Why Take Schisandra?

02 February 2023

"Sexy" Schisandra for Vibrant Health

Schisandra could be a woman’s name (maybe) but it is also a fabulous Chinese herb that has sexual superpowers as you will learn about...

Schisandra berries contain the powerful antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E, plus other potent compounds that make it one of Chinese Herbal Medicine's most loved herbs.

Adding Schisandra to Your Life Can Help in the Following Ways:

1. May Help Combat Stress and Fatigue: Schisandra berries contain lignans, which are thought to help reduce stress and fatigue by modulating the body’s stress response. These berries are also an adaptogen and as you may know, adaptogens help us to adapt to all forms of stress - physical, emotional and environmental.

2. May Help Promote Brain Health: The lignans in schisandra berries may also help boost brain health and reduce the risk of certain neurological disorders.

3. May Help Boost Immune System: The antioxidants and other compounds found in schisandra berries may help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.

4. May Help Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression: Schisandra berries may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by modulating levels of certain hormones. Schisandra has been found (through animal studies listed below), to have a promising antidepressant effect for people who struggle with depression.

5. May Help Lower Blood Sugar: Studies suggest that schisandra berries may help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.

6. May Help Improve Cardiovascular Health: Animal studies suggest that schisandra berries may help reduce cholesterol levels and improve overall cardiovascular health.

7. May help with Thyroid Function: Schisandra is a wonderful natural remedy for low thyroid function (hypothyroid) and immunity. These potent berries help to support energy and metabolic output which helps boost thyroid function in an indirect way.

8. Shown to help with sexual function in menopausal women: In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, schisandra was shown to help the sexual function of women going through menopause.

9. Known to Help Support the Adrenal Glands: As schisandra is a powerful adaptogen, it can help support you during stress/stressors but also to help balance your hormones and support adrenal function. People with adrenal fatigue might be interested in trying schisandra.

10. May help People with Alzheimer's Disease: There's a compound in schisandra (schisandrin B) that researchers found to have promising effects on Alzheimer's disease. Schisandra has been shown to have neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects on the microglial cells of the brain.

11. Liver-protective: Schisandra has been shown in many studies to have liver-protective benefits. It has shown great promise in helping fatty liver disease and helping with detoxification. 

Administration of Schisandra Chinensis has been shown to disminish the accumulation of alcohol-derived lipids in the liver which may help fatty liver disease. This study was done on rats (as most studies are).

12. Powerful Antioxidant Effects: Schisandra berries naturally contain flanonoids and antioxidants that can be beneficial for helping fight free radical damage, oxidative stress and ageing. The flavonoids that you can expect to find in Schisandra berries are flavonoids (quercetin, isoquercitrin, rutin, and hyperoside).

Schisandra berries also contain vitamins C and E (both antioxidants), as well as anthocyanins (antioxidant) and phytosterols (a type of plant sterol).

Quercetin has been shown to help people with histamine intolerance.

The active compounds in Schisandra have been shown to exert anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-cancer and anti-ageing effects and also protect against mitochondrial dysfunction.


Caution: If you take too much schisandra/take it inappropriately, it may result in gastric distress symptoms, such as heartburn. So if you have any of the following conditions, you may want to avoid taking schisandra.

  • Ulcers
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Hyperchlorhydria (high stomach acid)

Best not to use Schisandra if pregnant or breastfeeding and if you have a health condition and you're unsure, it might be best to speak to your trusted health practitioner.



Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. Improves Physical Endurance and Stress Resistance: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6088326/

The effect of Schisandra chinensis extracts on depression by noradrenergic, dopaminergic, GABAergic and glutamatergic systems in the forced swim test in mice


14 Best Thyroid Supplements: Natural Remedies For Hypothyroidism:


Schisandra Benefits, Adrenals and the Liver:


Schisandra chinensis produces the antidepressant-like effects in repeated corticosterone-induced mice via the BDNF/TrkB/CREB signaling pathway




Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. attenuates fatigue and improves physical performance in mice.


Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. attenuates cognitive impairment in an ovariectomy-induced mouse model of menopause.


Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. Improves Physical and Mental Performance in Healthy People: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.


The effects of Schisandra chinensis on sexual function in menopausal women.


Schisandra chinensis improves sexual function in menopausal women: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20456629

 Effects of schisandra chinensis extract on sexual function in menopausal women.


Schisandra chinensis Improves Sexual Function in Premenopausal Women: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial.


Schisandra chinensis Prevents Alcohol-Induced Fatty Liver Disease in Rats


Antioxidant Effects of Schisandra chinensis Fruits and Their Active Constituents


Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner. 


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