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Schisandra: China's Most Potent Medicinal Berry

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  • Grown primarily in China’s Upper Yangtze region, the small, red schisandra berry has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and is becoming well known worldwide for its many health benefits
  • Clinical studies show schisandra berries may be useful for improving cognitive function, enhancing libido, reducing stress, enhancing athletic performance, improving heart function and possibly fighting cancer
  • Researchers showed villagers how future schisandra berry yields depended on harvesting only the bottom two-thirds of the vines so birds and other wildlife could continue “seeding” the mountain forests
  • Several entities worked together to create the FairWild Standard, a verification system to improve environmental conditions and labor practices, possibly saving the schisandra berry and other rare, wild plants used for food and medicine

By Dr. Mercola

While it may sound like a fantasy planet or a new prescription drug, schisandra is neither, but may end up affecting the reliance some have on the latter.


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