Friday, January 18, 2008

Schizandra - The Famous Five Flavor Fruit

By Carolee Horbach

Schizandra (schisandra chinesis) is a fruit that originates in Asia. It is found on a vine with clusters of tiny, bright red berries. It's Chinese name, "wu-wei-zi" means five-taste fruit. It possesses all five basic flavors in Chinese herbal medicine: sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and bitter. The dried fruit has been used medicinally for many years. It was first mentioned in Chinese medical textbooks around A.D. 220. Schizandra is one of the six complementary botanicals of Zrii, the new liquid nutritional endorsed by the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

Schizandra has been considered useful for a wide variety of conditions. It is renowned as a beauty tonic and is considered to be a youth preserving herb. It is also said to be a powerful tonic to the brain - improving mental clarity, concentration and memory. For the body, it is known to improve overall strength, reduce fatigue and improve endurance.

In traditional Chinese medicine it is used to resist infections, increase skin health, and combat insomnia, coughing, and thirst. Modern Chinese research suggests that Schizandra has a protective effect and may help people with chronic illness. It has adaptogenic properties, helping the body to fight disease and adapt to stress from physical, mental, chemical and environmental sources.

The seeds of Schizandra fruit contain lignans which have liver-protective and regenerative actions. Antioxidant activity is partly responsible for the liver-protective effect. The lignans also facilitate anti-inflammatory activity.

Due to its potential health benefits and wide variety of uses, Schizandra is gaining attention within the scientific research community. The five flavor fruit will continue to draw attention from the public as one of the six main botanicals of Zrii.

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