Schizandrol and its Anti-Oxidant Effects

schizandrol comes from the chinensis plantAnyone who is familiar with traditional Chinese herbal remedies knows that they are still an incredibly helpful resource. Among these resources we can now add an adaptogenic plant named Schizandrol A to the list. Adaptogens in general are classified as ingredients or agents that help the body cope with stress.

What is Schizandrol A and Where Does it Come From?

Schizandrol A is a very concentrated compound derived from the chinensis plant (a woody vine) that grows natively in Northern China and Eastern Russia. This natural supplement has been a traditional herbal remedy known to the Chinese for centuries, but one that is only now beginning to receive serious attention from the West. [1]

In terms of the actual content, the Schisandra Chinensis contains a fair amount of vitamins C and E, in addition to Schizandrol A and Schizandrins. Modern science regards this plant extract as a powerful anti-oxidant. [1]

The vine itself sprouts berries, which have a number of purposes in cooking and food production. These berries also have a number of medical uses, can be dried and boiled into a tea, or made into wine. [1]

Most importantly, theses berries are the source of Schizandrol A. Schizandrol A is extracted from the berries after they have been dried. This extract can be taken alone as a supplement, but is often included in many popular nootropic products. [4]

Anti-Oxidant Supplements:

Schisandrol A is a powerful antioxidant
Antioxidants help ride the body of poisons and toxins.

As a general rule, anti-oxidant supplements work by ridding the body of toxins and poisons. One of the most damaging things that anti-oxidants serve to counter are free radicals, which are essentially pieces of dead cells that roam around looking for other cells and material (such as DNA, proteins, and cell membranes) to attack. This kind of cell damage is obviously bad for your health. [5]

Damage is also caused by a process known as oxidation, which also serves to develop free radicals.

The body is capable of producing a small amount of anti-oxidants on its own, but relies on external sources to obtain the majority of its anti-oxidants. Most of these anti-oxidants are obtained through what we eat and are known as dietary anti-oxidants. These are mostly found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. [5]

By using supplements like Schizandrol and other anti-oxidants, we can help to keep our bodies free from oxidative stress, damage, and free radicals. This serves to improve the efficiency of organ function, improve cellular health, and even boosts the immune system. [1]

Schizandrol A Benefits:

One of the primary benefits of this supplement is to promote a healthy response to stressors, which can include stimulants or even an intense workout routine. Anything that can take a physical toll on the body is capable of causing an increase in the level of free radicals, through toxic substances or oxidation. [4]

As the anti-oxidants in the Schizandrol A work to clean up cellular damage they help remove excess calcium as well as protect organs against glutamate and its resulting toxicity. This can in turn help fight infections, improve heart health, and other maladies caused by this type of build up and cell damage. [4]

Schizandrol A as an antioxidantTraditionally, the less powerful forms of this extract were used to improve symptoms of the common cold as well as boost lung and kidney health. Recently however, this more concentrated form has found uses to boost mood, reduce anxiety, and improve focus and concentration. [4]

There is further evidence to suggest that Schizandrol A may help to increase the levels of Acetylcholine and other neurotransmitters within the brain. This will serve to improve memory formation, learning capacity, and even help improve mental energy, focus, concentration, and clarity. [3]

Plus, Schizandrol A can help raise nitric-oxide levels and therefore assist in performing numerous physical activities and processes throughout the body. This is why some may choose to include it in a pre-workout supplement. [3]

Schizandrol A Dosage and Side Effects

For the best results, a healthy adult can take 100-400 mg of Schizandrol  A up to three times a day without any side effects, as it is a very safe herb.

However, a very important word of caution. Schizandrol  A should not be taken by pregnant women as it produces a stimulating effect which could cause contractions of the uterus, leading to possible miscarriages. It is not advised for breast-feeding mothers to use this supplement either.

Sources

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schisandra_chinensis
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1678991
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2962140/
  4. http://www.supplementhq.com/benefits-of-schizandrol-a/
  5. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/antioxidants

Author:

David Johnson is a freelancer with an avid interest in supplements that help relax, enhance mood, and provide cognitive enhancement. Most days he can be found researching innovative ways to bring his readers sounder sleep, better moods, and more.