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Suma Root Capsules

Suma Root Capsules

Suma Root Capsules : Suma (Brazilian Ginseng) is a large vine found in the Amazon basin. It has been used for generations as a ‘cure-all’ for many types of illnesses and is considered a powerful tonic and adaptogen..
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Suma (Brazilian Ginseng) is a large vine found in the Amazon basin. It has been used for generations as a ‘cure-all’ for many types of illnesses and is considered a powerful tonic and adaptogen.

Three key benefits

Adaptogen | Endurance & Strength | Endocrine & Immune Function




90 x 500mg Capsules

Dietary Supplement

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Suma is a large, shrubby ground vine with an intricate, deep, and extensive root system. It is indigenous to the Amazon basin and other tropical parts of (southern) Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

The indigenous people of the Amazon region who named it Para toda have used suma root for generations for a wide variety of health purposes, including as a general tonic, an energy and sexual tonic and as a general cure-all for many types of illnesses. Suma has been used as an aphrodisiac, a calming agent, and to treat ulcers for at least 300 years.

It is an important herbal remedy in the folk medicine of several rainforest Indian tribes today. In herbal medicine throughout the world, suma is considered a tonic and an adaptogen. The herbal definition of an adaptogen is a plant that increases the body's resistance to adverse influences by a wide range of physical, chemical, and biochemical factors and has a normalizing or restorative effect on the body.



  • Endocrine & Immune Function
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Libido
  • Stamina
  • Energy
  • Hair and Skin Resilience


Nutritionally, suma root contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes, trace minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and pantothenic acid. Its high germanium content probably accounts for its properties as an oxygenator at the cellular level; its high iron content may account for its traditional use for anaemia. The root also contains novel phytochemicals including saponins, pfaffic acids, glycosides, and nortriterpenes.


Strength, Endurance and Endocrine Support:

Suma has also been called "the Russian secret," as it has been taken by Russian Olympic athletes for many years and has been reported to increase muscle and endurance, without the side effects associated with steroids. This action is attributed to an anabolic-type phytochemical called β-ecdysterone and three novel ecdysteroid glycosides that are found in high amounts in suma. β-ecdysterone is reported to help maintain muscle mass and healthy testosterone and progesterone levels. Suma is such a rich source of β-ecdysterone that it is the subject of a Japanese patent for the extraction methods employed to obtain it from suma root (approximately 2.5 g of β-ecdysterone can be extracted from 400g of powdered suma root). These same Japanese researchers filed a U.S. patent in 1998 for a proprietary extract of suma (which extracted the ecdysterone and β-ecdysterone); it claimed through various in vivo and in vitro studies that these compounds enhanced the immune system, and had an anti-allergenic effect.


Hair & Skin Resilience:

A French company also filed a U.S. patent on the topical use of these ecdysterone chemicals, claiming that the suma ecdysterone extract strengthened the water barrier function of the skin, increased skin keratinocyte differentiation (which would be helpful for psoriasis), gave the skin a smoother, softer appearance and, also, improved hair appearance.


General Health:

Suma root has a very high saponin content (up to 11%). In phytochemistry, plant saponins are well known to have a wide spectrum of activities including supporting normal blood cholesterol, possibly supporting natural defenses against cancer, and supporting the immune system in its ever present fight against bacteria, funguses and viruses. Phytochemists report that saponins can act by binding with bile acids and cholesterol. It is thought that these chemicals "clean" or purge these fatty compounds from the body (thus supporting normal blood cholesterol levels). 


Third-Party Research for Health Practitioners


“Statements have been included for the interests of consumer health education and are not intended to imply that such ingredients have been approved under the Medicines Act for the prevention or treatment of specific diseases or medical conditions. You should seek appropriate Healthcare professional advice for any medical condition”



Each 500mg capsule contains: Suma root 4:1 concentrated powder. 


Adults: 1 capsule 2 times per day or as professionally prescribed.



• Like soy and other plant-based sterols these sterols might have oestrogenic properties, it is advisable for women with oestrogen-positive cancers to check with their Doctor before commencing use of this powder.

• Ingestion of large amounts of plant saponins in general (naturally occurring chemicals in suma) has shown to sometimes cause mild gastric disturbances including nausea and stomach cramping. Reduce dosages if these side effects are noted.

• Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.



Professional Athletes - Unfortunately, the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and the U.S National Football League (NFL) decided to add ecdysteroids (including ecdysterone, the one found in Suma root) to their list of banned substances. Even though Suma is an all-natural phyto-chemical compound which has benefits for the body and no known toxic side effects, it can be erroneously detected and mistaken for a banned substance in screening tests by WADA, the NFL and the NSF (an organization that conducts banned substances tests for sports nutrition products). At this time, tests for banned substances are not sophisticated enough to be able to differentiate natural, healthy substances such as ecdysterone in Suma root from synthetic banned substances.


Drug Interactions:

Vitamin K: This product contains Vitamin K – People taking Warfarin should seek medical advice before starting consumption.