Suma, suma, suma…say that three times fast. Suma is a large ground vine with a deep root system, found in the Amazon basin area. In South America, Suma is known as Para Toda, which means “for all things.”
Native peoples of the Amazon region have used suma for over 300 years as a tonic, a calming agent, ulcer treatment, and even an aphrodisiac.
Did you know suma root is called “the Russian secret”? It has been taken by Russian Olympic athletes for years to stimulate muscle growth, control appetites by regulating blood sugar levels and boost endurance.
Suma root is high in antioxidants, has at least 19 different amino acids and vitamins A, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, zinc, and the essential mineral silica. It also has germanium, which helps prevent cancer and kill invading bacteria.
This plant grows naturally in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical regions of Latin America.
Suma root has been recently introduced to North America and marketed as a “Brazilian ginseng”, due to the many similar properties and appearance it has with ginseng . Because of the herbs introduction with that name, sometimes there is confusion as it’s not a member of the ginseng family.
It is an adaptogen, which means it also has a generally healing effect on the entire body. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, herbalist in North America believe suma is an “energizing adaptogen” as it boosts the immune system and combats low energy.
The root is also used to heal wounds, strengthen muscles, relieve chronic pain and inflammation, balance blood sugar levels, improve sex drive, and help reduce tumors. In fact, this superfood is used for so many healing purposed in South America that no one really knows everything it’s used for.
Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits of Suma Root
Suma root contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes, and trace minerals which include:
- Vitamins A,B-1, B-2, E, K
- Pantothenic acid.
Suma root has a high germanium content, a chemical element that reacts and produces oxygen at the cellular level.
Another interesting make-up of Suma root is it’s composed of up to 11% saponins. Saponins get their name from the soapwort plant, the root of which was historically used to make soap.
The saponins found in suma root have newly discovered chemicals, which have been clinically demonstrated to inhibit tumor cell melanomas and lymphomas.
Suma root has even been to increase hemoglobin levels in patients with sickle cell disease. A French research group studied the unique and beneficial effects of Suma to the skin and hair.
How to Use Suma Root
The suma root has a spicy-vanilla like flavor that can be made into a very tasty tea. The powered root can be sprinkled on food or in beverages. But it’s most often sold in a capsule or table form.
We recommend you consult with a physician prior to using suma or any other herbal remedy.