Brazilian Ginseng and Athletic Libido

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brazilian ginseng aphrodisiac

Brazilian ginseng, also known as suma, is created from a South American vine that is used in traditional herbal medicine. The plant is similar to that of traditional ginseng; however, the two are not related. The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have known it for thousands of years, mainly in the Matto Grosso area of central Brazil, to treat illness, improve immunity and hormonal balance, and increase the body’s self-healing abilities. In South America its common name is "para toda" which translates as "for all things".

Suma naturally contains a wide range of nutrients including essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements. Researchers have identified over 150 chemical constituents in the root, including 19 amino acids, electrolytic and trace minerals such as iron, magnesium, cobalt, silica and zinc, as well as vitamins A, B-1, B-2, E, K and pantothenic acid. It also contains high levels of the trace element germanium, a powerful natural antioxidant, and plant saponins.

Regarded as a tonic herb, and adaptogen, it seems to be able to support the body through mental and physical stress by balancing multiple body systems (cardiovascular system, central nervous system, reproductive system and digestive system). It is one of the richest sources of an anabolic-type phytochemical called beta-ecdysterone, and contains allantoin and the hormones sitosterol and stigmasterol.

Anecdotal evidence and medical findings point to its efficacy as a general-purpose supplement that promotes overall well being. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, herbalists in North America believe suma is an "energizing adaptogen", which is something that boosts the immune system and combats low energy or fatigue. Herbalists have recommended suma to fight the exhaustion that occurs from viral infections such as Lyme disease and Epstein-Barr disease. It has also been used by herbalists to control diabetes and hormonal imbalances due to menopause. However, no scientific or medical studies have confirmed the efficacy of such uses in humans.

Suma for boosting libido

Known for its unparallel energy enhancing properties, this superfood is useful in getting rid of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It also works as an aphrodisiac and studies have shown that it increases the libido, and aids in removing all the physical and mental blockages regarding sex. It may also be used to treat several types of sexual disorders such as infertility, low libido, and frigidity.

Native users in the Amazon and, more recently, sellers of nutritional supplements and Internet retailers, have long touted the aphrodisiac qualities of suma. A 1999 study published in the journal "Psychopharmacology" goes some distance in confirming this use for suma. The study was performed on male rats that were impotent or "sexually sluggish." Results showed that an extract made from the Pfaffia paniculata plant improved the impotent rats' ability to perform sexually, supporting "the folk reputation of... Pfaffia paniculata as [a] sexual stimulant." No human subjects were included in the study, however. Another study, published in a 2003 issue of the "Journal of Reproductive Development," noted that suma raised progesterone and testosterone levels in lab mice.


Based on its reputation as an energy-giving enhancer of overall health, suma has been studied as a potential treatment for cancer. The effect of suma on cancer is still largely unproven in humans, but research indicates that suma may have great potential in cancer treatment applications. According to the "Practical Guide to Natural Medicines," a Japanese study used suma derivatives to inhibit the growth of melanoma tumors in a test tube; the researchers also observed anti-tumor effects of suma in mice. A 2010 study in "Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology" showed that suma controlled the proliferation of cells as well as apoptosis, or cell death, in laboratory mice. Another study conducted by University of Sao Paolo between 2004 – 2009 show the same consistent findings regarding cancer cell apoptosis and inhibition of unhealthy cell growth. Suma has not yet been shown to be effective as a cancer inhibitor in humans.

Athletic enhancements

Brazilian ginseng powder is an effective and powerful superfood supplement used for the top performing athletes. It contains beta-ecdysterone, a natural anabolic agent and three ecdysteroid glycosides that are capable of increasing the buildup of muscle tissues, and overall it helps in enhancing athletic performance. Brazilian ginseng powder contains a large amount of trace element germanium that is useful in treatment patients that are anemic as they improve the supply of oxygen to body cells.


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