Suma aka Para Toda, Pfaffia
Main Functions: adaptogen, energizer, hormone regulator, non-caffeinated stimulant, libido, cardio supporter.
FOLK & HEALING ATTRIBUTES:
"In South America suma is known as para toda (which means "for all things") and as Brazilian ginseng, since it is widely used as an adaptogen with many applications (much as "regular" ginseng). The indigenous peoples of the Amazon region who named it para todahave used suma root for generations for a wide variety of health purposes, including as a general tonic; as an energy, rejuvenating, and sexual tonic; and as a general cure-all for many types of illnesses. Suma has been used as an aphrodisiac, a calming agent, and to treat ulcers for at least 300 years. It is an important herbal remedy in the folk medicine of several rainforest Indian tribes today."
"In herbal medicine throughout the world today, suma is considered a tonic and an adaptogen. The herbal definition of an adaptogen is a plant that increases the body's resistance to adverse influences by a wide range of physical, chemical, and biochemical factors and has a normalizing or restorative effect on the body as a whole. In modern Brazilian herbal medicine practices, suma root is employed as a cellular oxygenator and taken to stimulate appetite and circulation, increase estrogen production, balance blood sugar levels, enhance the immune system, strengthen the muscular system, and enhance memory."
- Written by master herbalist and Naturopath, Leslie Taylor
Our Suma is biodynamically harvested by small farmers in the Brazilian Amazon.
Add 1tsp up to 1Tbsp to your choice of smoothie, or tea. Also popularly added to bullet proof coffee, or to nut milks for thickness and enhanced flavor.