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Suma Root Powdered Extract


Pfaffia paniculata is found in Central and South Americas. Brazil is the largest center for collecting this species. The root of this plant is used medicinally and sometimes called Brazilian Ginseng, although it is not botanically related to Asian or American Ginseng. Also is referred to as “para tudo” (for all things) or suma, pfaffia has been used by indigenous peoples of the Amazon region for a wide variety of health purposes. Due to their adaptogenic and immune-enhancing properties, pfaffia was reported to be more powerful than asiatic ginseng from the Panax plant family. Researchers report that it has the ability to strengthen the immune system and reduce tumors. Also have found that pfaffia acts primarily as a regulator of the endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal and digestive systems without stimulating or inhibiting effects, thus classifying it as a true adaptogen. Pfaffia is reported to increase energy flow in the body. It has been used as a tonic, an aphrodisiac, a calming agent, and in the treatment of ulcers for at least 300 years. Dr. Takemoto was the first to study it in Japan and he found that the root contains pfaffic acid, which is capable of inhibiting certain types of cancerous cells. The pfaffic acids have been the object of pharmacological studies that support its use as an adaptogen. In 1998, japanese researchers filed patent for a proprietary extract (Beta-Ecdysterone). They claimed (through various in vivo and in vitro studies) that their compound maintained health, enhanced the immune system, and had a tonic and an anti-allergenic effect. A French company also filed a patent on the topical use of  Beta-Ecdysterone. Beta-Ecdysterone extract strengthened the water barrier function of the skin, increased skin keratinocyte differentiation (which would be helpful for psoriasis), gave the skin a smoother, softer appearance and, improved hair appearance.

CONSTITUENTS: An important ingredient in pfaffia is the saponin nortriterpenoid. Six different pfaffic acid sugar compounds have been isolated from nortriterpenoid. Five of these six pfaffic acid derivatives inhibit cultured tumor cell melanomas and some of them have been reported to regulate blood sugar levels. Two plant hormones, sitosterol and stigmasterol, also occur naturally in pfaffia. They have been reported to encourage estrogen production and reduce high serum cholesterol levels. Beta-ecdysterone, another plant steroid isolated from pfaffia facilitates cellular oxygenation. Nutritional analysis has found that pfaffia contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes and trace minerals including iron, magnesium, cobalt, silica, zinc and the vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and pantothenic acid. It is especially high in the trace element germanium which is considered an oxygenator and is used as a nutritional supplement for the immune system. 

LATIN NAME: Pfaffia paniculata



RATIO: 1:1

CARRIER: Maltodextrin (soluble) or Tapioca (starch) (insoluble)

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:  allantoin, beta-ecdysterone, beta-sitosterol, daucosterol, germanium, iron, magnesium, nortriterpenoids, pantothenic acid, pfaffic acids, pfaffosides A-F, polypodine B, saponins, silica, stigmasterol, stigmasterol-3-o-beta-d-glucoside, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and zinc..

PROPERTIES: Studies done with the root extract demonstrate that it has important biological effects, with antioxidant properties, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Some of these important studies report the constitution of pfaffia and point out the presence of several different molecules with important biological effects. Pfaffic acid (nortriterpenoid) in its constitution, has inhibitory effects on the growth of tumor cells. Another molecule present in its constitution is a class of sterols called β-ecdysterone which are important in the pharmaceutical industry for the production of cosmetics due to its power of cellular regeneration. Flavonoid glycosides have also been described in research on root constituents. Glycosides also have inhibitory effects on tumor cells and are called pfafosides A, B, C, D, E and F, which have demonstrated inhibitory action on melanomas, carcinomas and tumor cells in the lung. They also found molecules such as sitosterol, stigmasterol, glycosides and allantoins, the latter has a protective effect on the skin, promoting hydration and anti-inflammatory action.

COMMON USES: anemia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulation problems, diabetes, Epstein-Barr, hypertension, hyperglycemia, immune disorders, impotence, inflammation, leukemia, lymphatic diseases, mononucleosis, pain, rejuvenator, rheumatism, skin problems, stress, tranquilizer, tremors, tumors, ulcers, and as an aphrodisiac, appetite stimulant, and antioxidant.

DOSAGE: Several of the ways in which it is prepared are: as liquid extract, tea decoction, root powder capsules, or simply sprinkle the root over drinks or meals.

- Powdered extract: up to 500mg daily.

- Powder: up to 1g per day

- Shredded: 10g of root in 1L of water. Take two glasses a day.

APPLICATIONS: Nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, food supplements, functional foods, phytoterapics, pharmaceuticals, medical food.

PRECAUTIONS: Is advisable women with estrogen-positive cancers to avoid the use of this plant. The root powder has been reported to cause asthmatic allergic reactions if inhaled. Ingestion of large amounts of plant saponins in general has shown to sometimes cause mild gastric disturbances including nausea and stomach cramping. Reduce dosages if these side effects are noted. 

For educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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