Schisandra berry, stress and menopause

Schisandra Chinensis is also known as Schisandra berry due to the small fruits that it grows. The berries are described as having five tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, pungent, and sour so you may also see it referred to as the five-flavour-fruit.

Schisandra berry is one of two key adaptogenic herbs in Adapt Relax. Adaptogenic herbs are a select group of herbs that have powerful properties to help our bodies cope with the stressors of modern life.

Schisandra berry and the stress response

Schisandra Chinensis has been observed to make alterations in the basal levels of nitric oxide and cortisol in blood and saliva with subsequent effects on the blood cells, vessels and CNS. [1] This means that Schisandra Chinensis can help reduce the excessive cortisol release that we experience in times of stress and return us to homeostasis faster through the regulation of the key mediators of our stress response. You can read a detailed explanation of the stress response with some great diagrams to illustrate how it works here - The Stress Response and Adaptogens.

Schisandra berry and menopause

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in 2014/15 to evaluate the effectiveness of a natural extract from Schisandra chinensis for relief of various menopausal symptoms. The study recruited women between the ages of 40 and 70 years who complained of menopausal symptoms as measured by the Kupperman Index. The women received treatment for 6 weeks - either a placebo or an extract from Schisandra chinesis and were followed for 12 weeks.

The study found that Schisandra chinensis was a safe and effective complementary medicine for menopausal symptoms, especially for hot flushes, sweating, and heart palpitations. You can find the study here.

Like all adaptogens, Schisandra Chinensis is most effective when taken consistently over time. A daily bottle of Adapt Relax in the afternoon will not only give you a healthy alternative to alcohol at the end of your day, but over time it has been shown to help you adapt better to the stressors of daily life and reduce symptoms of menopause if you have them! Click here to order your carton today.