Suma (Pfaffia paniculata) is a large ground vine with an intricate root system. It is native to the Amazon basin as well as parts of Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.
It has been called “Para Toda,” meaning “for all things.” Natives have used this herb to promote robust health for over 300 years. Suma has also been known as “Brazilian Ginseng” since it has traditionally been used as an adaptogen with many applications. Russian Olympic athletes have been using Suma for years to help increase muscle building and endurance.
Considered as a tonic worldwide, it is often used to help regulate many systems of the body. The definition of an herbal 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 as a whole.
Suma root contains amino acids, electrolytes, trace minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and pantothenic acid. It has a high germanium content. The root also contains phytochemicals including saponins, pfaffic acids, glycosides, and nortriterpenes.