A great deal of scientific evidence has been documented showing that Schizandra increases endurance and mental performance in patients with mild fatigue and weakness. It has also been shown to increase all of these things in healthy, high functioning individuals. Like the long popular herb ginkgo, Schizandra optimizes norepinephrine and dopamine levels, increasing the brain’s ability to maintain focus and concentration. Overall endurance has been shown to improve in all ways with both short term and prolonged use of this super tonic.
As an adaptogen, Schizandra normalizes and balances pathways in the body to bring about greater overall stability in the face of mental, emotional, physical, or environmental stress that might otherwise cause fatigue. The general definition of endurance is the ability to maintain efficiency during physically stressful activities, which is why Schizdandra works to heavily increase endurance on many levels. Schizandra balances levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, maintaining immune and organ function. It’s unique ability to protect the body from intense stress damage helps to provide a more resilient endocrine, immune, and central nervous system. Because of it’s phenomenal ability of sharpening mental focus, enhancing memory skills, and increasing concentration, endurance is supported from every angle. These factors well explain its reputation among athletes and those doing other physically demanding activities to help increase their physical endurance and stamina.
In addition to modulating stress hormones in the blood, Schizandra also increases physical endurance by exciting the adrenergic (adrenaline) system, which leads to deeper breathing with an increase in both the consumption of oxygen and the production of carbon dioxide. Further pharmacological studies have also shown that Schizandra increases physical endurance and affords a stress-protective effect against a broad spectrum of harmful factors including heat shock, skin burn, cooling, frostbite and immobilization. Numerous clinical trials have also demonstrated the efficiency of Schizandra in epidemic waves of influenza, in chronic sinusitis, in pneumonia, acute gastrointestinal diseases, chronic gastritis, and wound healing.