Suma, Pfaffia paniculata, is a member of the family Amaranthaceae. It has an intricate and deep root system widely used as an adaptogen.

Suma root contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes and trace of minerals including iron, magnesium, cobalt, silica, zinc and the vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K and pantothenic acid. The high content of germanium accounts for its properties as an oxygenator at the cellular level. It is also composed of saponins which have demonstrated the ability to inhibit cultured tumor cell melanomas and help to regulate blood sugar levels.

For its characteristics it is also called Brazilian Ginseng and it is considered a tonic for the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, and the reproductive system and digestive system.

Suma is used as an adaptogenic and regenerative tonic to regulate many systems of the body and to treat exhaustion resulting from Epstein-Barr and Chronic Fatigue. It is also used to treat hormonal disorders and sexual dysfunction, sterility, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, circulatory and digestive disorders, rheumatism and bronchitis, infertility, menopausal and menstrual symptoms, high cholesterol and the neutralization of toxins.

Health Benefits

Brazilian ginseng can be considered useful for the following characteristics:

  • Contains adaptogenic and immuneenhancing properties
  • Supports the cardiovascular system
  • Helps to increase energy
  • Increases oxygen in the body
  • Helps to inhibit tumor cell growth
  • An immune system booster
  • Enhances muscle-building
  • Increases mental and physical work capacity
  • Helps combat environmental pollutants and toxins


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