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What is schisandra and why do people take it?

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It’s a fruit that’s used in traditional Chinese and Russian medicine as a tonic for hunger, fatigue, aging, and better mental health. But there isn’t much evidence that it helps with any of those things.

Schisandra has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory traits. People take schisandra to boost their energy, better control their blood sugar, and to build up resistance to stress and disease. You can eat schisandra as food, but the effects might not be as strong as from an extract.

From: Schisandra WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Schisandra."

Chan, S. March 2012; vol 63: pp 75-81. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Hepatitis C: A Focus on Herbal Supplements."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Schisandra."

Chan, S. March 2012; vol 63: pp 75-81. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Hepatitis C: A Focus on Herbal Supplements."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

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