Schizandrol A (3% Schisandrin)
Traditional Chinese plants have provided modern supplementation with no shortage of interesting interventions to research for efficacy. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to cope with stress and are a field of traditional Chinese medicine that have fascinated modern medical researchers for some time.
Schisandra chinensis is an adaptogenic plant which has become popular for its health giving properties, and now an important extract from the Schisandra plant is available and affordable for you to try.
What is it?
Schizandrol A, or Shizandrol A, is an extract from Schisandra chinensis which is a woody vine that grows in Northern China and the far East of Russia.
Schizandrol A is an important lignan found in Schisandra. It has shown many promising health-promoting properties, and it continues to be researched today as an exciting natural compound.
While traditional Chinese plants have found the potent adaptogenic properties of Schisandra a must-have for generations, we are just now beginning to understand the underlying scientific principles behind it.
What are the Side Effects? How does it work?
Schizandrol A is shown to promote the body's healthy response to stressors, such as increased stimulant intake or a stringent workout routine.
Intracellular calcium levels have been shown to diminish after administration of Schisandra extracts along with protection from glutamate-related toxicity. Since Nitric Oxide and cortisol levels were so heavily affected by this, it could explain the stress fighting and health giving properties of Schizandrol A.
The purported highly energized effects of Schizandrol A could come from the cholinergic properties recognized in Schisandra extracts.
Extracts from Schisandra have also demonstrated the ability to reduce levels of transaminase, creatine phosphokinase, and lactate levels. This could account for the adaptogenic side effects of the Schizandrol A extract. Schizandrol A may also be a powerful antioxidant.
Increased brain function and memory is also associated with Schisandra extract, as this may be due to Schizandrol's ability to increase focus and mental energy.
Because Schizandrol A is an extract and not the bulk plant itself, it is important to remember that much less is required for the same effect. A Schizandrol A dosage as small as 50 mg will have great energy supporting activity. Starting on a lower dose and working up to the optimal one is recommended with any supplement.
Schizandrol A can be taken before a workout to help you get in one more mile or one more rep, or it can be taken for a general boost to get through a hard day.
- Schizandrol A: a lignan from Schisandra chinensis
- Wilson, L. "Review Of Adaptogenic Mechanisms: Eleuthrococcus Senticosus, Panax Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, Schisandra Chinensis And Withania Somnifera." Australian Journal Of Medical Herbalism. 19.3 (2007): 126-138. CINAHL with full text. Web. 3 Sept. 2012.
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