What is it?
Suma (Pfaffia paniculata) is a large, rambling, shrubby ground vine with an intricate, deep, and extensive root system. It is indigenous to the Amazon basin and other tropical parts of of South America.
The indigenous peoples of the Amazon region named it Para Toda (which means "for all things") and have used Suma Root for generations for a wide variety of health purposes. It has been used as a rejuvenating tonic to treat illness, improve immunity and hormonal balance, and to increase the body's self-healing ability. It is an important herbal remedy in the folk medicine of several rain forest Indian tribes today. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, herbalists in North America believe suma is an "energizing adaptogen," used to boost the immune system and combat low energy or fatigue.
An adaptogen is a class of metabolic regulators (or a natural origin) which have been shown to increase the individual's resistance and adaptive ability with a broad spectrum of harmful stress factors of different physical, chemical, and biological natures.
It is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and the essential mineral silica. It also has a high organic germanium content; also called Germanium-132, or Ge-Oxy 132. Organic germanium carries oxygen across cellular membranes into the cell, which can help fight diseases caused by insufficient cellular oxygenation or oxidative free-radical damage. Current research suggests that germanium positively affects the immune system by increasing the synthesis of natural killer cells, macrophages, interferon, and T-suppressor cells. Suma Root also contans anabolic-type phytochemicals called beta-ecdysterone and three ecdysteroid glycocides that have been linked to muscle growth support and enhanced endurance.