Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)

Adaptogen / Berry / Medicinal Herb

Schisandra is an adaptogenic berry that provides an uplifting energy boost, sans caffeine. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to invigorate your vital energy or life force (qi).

Known as the Five Flavor Fruit, schisandra is bitter, sweet, pungent, salty and sour all at once. Despite being an edible berry, it is rarely eaten as food and is more commonly consumed as a medicinal herb.

Native to China and parts of Russia, schisandra is also referred to as the “Beauty Berry” because it is used in skincare products to help improve complexion. As an adaptogen, it also helps your body respond to stress and promotes homeostasis.

We found 1,989 studies on Schisandra. Research suggests it may:

  • Help your body resist and relieve stress and anxiety
  • Fight inflammation
  • Have antidepressant effects
  • Have anti-cancer effects, thanks to its lignan content
  • Help protect your brain
  • Have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s
  • Strengthen the body’s defenses against diseases
  • Alleviate symptoms of menopause
  • Help treat liver damage in people with hepatitis
  • Support heart, lung, and kidney health

You can find 300 mg of schisandra in our Energize bars.

Learn about our other star ingredients in the Yoe Guide to Adaptogens, Herbs & Superfoods.


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