Product Description - Amazon Therapeutics Suma Root Herbal Extract 1 fl. oz.
Amazon Therapeutic Labs Suma Root Pfaffia paniculata aka Para Toda is native to Central and South America. Suma is a large ground vine the natives have long used to promote robust health as well as a general tonic. They called the vine Para Toda, which means for all things. Even though Suma has an ancient reputation of wide use, there have been few scientific studies to test its effectiveness. What is known about Suma is that it has a substance called an adaptogen, which means it helps people to adapt to stress and fight infection.
Suggested Use Liquids:Use 15-20 drops mixed with water two to three times daily or as recommended by a practitioner.
Suggested Use Capsules:Two capsules once or twice daily.
Suggested Use Tea:One tsp loose leaf per 16 oz of boiling water.
Ingredients:Extracted in distilled water and 40% organic grain alcohol.
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Central and South America natives have used Suma to promote robust health for over 300 years. It is well know as a general tonic, being an adaptogen, it increases the bodys resistance to stress and has a restorative effect on the body as a whole. It has been called Para Toda, which means for all things. Suma has been taken by Russian Olympic athletes for many years to increase muscle building and endurance without the side effects of steroids because it contains an anabolic-type phytochemical called beta-ecdysterone.1, 2
Research shows that Suma contains high levels of saponin3. Plant saponins have a wide range of activities that include lowering blood cholesterol, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and acting as antifungal and antibacterial agents. One specific saponin, pfaffoside, has shown the ability to inhibit tumor cell melanomas (in vivo), and help to regulate blood sugar levels (in vivo)4. It has also been shown to slow the growth of lymphoma and leukemia in mice and may delay mortality5 Sickle cell anemia patients showed improvement and a higher quality of life with no side effects while taking Suma6 Other research has demonstrated analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities in various studies7. Another study shows that Suma is a sexual stimulant and aphrodisiac8, 9. No wonder it is called Para Toda!
1. Cytotoxic effects of butanolic extract from Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian ginseng) on cultured human breast cancer cell line MCF-7.
Nagamine MK, da Silva TC, Matsuzaki P, Pinello KC, Cogliati B, Pizzo CR, Akisue G, Haraguchi M, Grniak SL, Sinhorini IL, Rao KV, Barbuto JA, Dagli ML.
Department of Pathology, University of Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2009 Jan;61(1):75-82. Epub 2008 May 16.
Roots of Pfaffia paniculata have been well documented for multifarious therapeutic values and have also been used for cancer therapy in folk medicine. This study has been performed in a human breast tumor cell line, the MCF-7 cells. These are the most commonly used model of estrogen-positive breast cancer, and it has been originally established in 1973 at the Michigan Cancer Foundation from a pleural effusion taken from a woman with metastatic breast cancer. Butanolic extract of the roots of P. paniculata showed cytotoxic effect MCF-7 cell line, as determined with crystal violet assay, cellular death with acridine orange/ethidium bromide staining, and cell proliferation with immunocytochemistry of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU). Subcellular alterations were evaluated by electron microscopy. Cells treated with butanolic extract showed degeneration of cytoplasmic components and profound morphological and nuclear alterations. The results show that this butanolic extract indeed presents cytotoxic substances, and its fractions merit further investigations.
PMID18485683 [PubMed - in process]
2. Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian ginseng) methanolic extract reduces angiogenesis in mice.
Carneiro CS, Costa-Pinto FA, da Silva AP, Pinello KC, da Silva TC, Matsuzaki P, Nagamine MK, Grniak SL, Haraguchi M, Akisue G, Dagli ML.
Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2007 Aug;58(6):427-31. Epub 2007 May 3.
Laboratory of Experimental Oncology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechny, University of So Paulo, Av Prof Dr Orlando Marques de Paiva, no 87, CEP 05508-900, So Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian ginseng) roots have been indicated for the treatment of several diseases. Our studies have shown that P. paniculata roots present antineoplastic effects and cancer chemopreventive activity in a mouse hepatocarcinogenesis model. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the Brazilian ginseng on corneal angiogenesis in mice. We first conducted a toxicological study employing 250, 500, or 1000mg/kg/day of the methanolic extract of P. paniculata roots by gavage to BALB/c mice. Animals did not lose weight during the treatment nor presented histopathological alterations. The effect of this root on angiogenesis in the cornea of BALB/c mice was then assessed. Male mice were treated, by gavage, once a day, with doses of 250, 500, or 1000mg/kg of methanolic extract of P. paniculata powdered root for 10 days; filtered water was used as control. Corneal cauterization was accomplished by the contact of a silver nitrate crystal on the central area of the cornea, in the 5th day of treatment with P. paniculata, which continued thereafter; the animals were euthanized on the 6th day after cauterization. Newly formed blood vessels were filled with India ink, and the corneas were routinely processed. Blood vessels were quantified in an image analysis system. A smaller total area of neovascularization in the mouse cornea was observed in animals treated with 1000mg/kg of the methanolic extract of P. paniculata. These results indicate an antiangiogenic effect of this extract. The mechanisms of this antiangiogenic activity of P. paniculata should be further investigated.
PMID17481871 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
|Product Type||Herbal Extract|
|Country of Manufacture|
|Herb Extract Base||Alcohol|
|How Many Drops?||1 fl. oz. = 450 Drops|
|How Many Teaspoons?||1 fl. oz. = 6 teaspoons|
|How Many Tablespoons?||1 fl. oz. = 2 Tablespoons|
|Has A Dropper?||Yes|
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