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Suma Root

Wildharvested & Kosher Certified

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  • Pfaffia paniculata
  • Origin: Brazil
Suma Root

Common Name

Standardized: suma
Other: pfaffia

Botanical Name

Pfaffia paniculata (Mart.) Kuntze
Plant Family: Amaranthaceae

Overview

Suma is an indigenous plant to South America, most notably Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Traditionally it has been used as a food product for many forest foragers and was occasionally administered for its beneficial properties, earning it the nickname "para tudo," meaning "for all." Because of its rather vanilla-like flavor this botanical can be easily consumed for those with palatable sensitivities.

Parts Used

Dried root.

Typical Preparations

Tea decoction from the root, powdered root sprinkled on food or in beverages, as a liquid herbal extract, and capsules (non-standardized) from powdered root.

Summary

Not much research has been carried out for this particular botanical and to date there have not been any released notes on possible medicinal contraindications, side effects or potential health hazards.

Precautions

No known precautions.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.