Suma tea’s health benefits have been floating in the consciousness of South American herbalists for thousands of years. The suma has reportedly been used for a long time as a potent enhancer of the immune system (an adaptogen).
Suma is an indigenous plant to South America, most notably Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The natives of Brazil are said to refer to the suma plant as ‘para todo’ meaning “for all things” as it reportedly possesses properties that contribute to the body’s overall healing and well-being. It was even introduced internationally as Brazilian ginseng.
The suma roots contain the active constituents of the suma plant such as the amino acids, electrolytes, trace minerals, pfaffic acid, germanium, sitosterol, saponins and others. Suma tea is said to possess a vanilla-like flavor which makes it a relatively pleasant-tasting drink.
It should be said though that not much research has been conducted for the suma plant and its health benefits. There have likewise not been any released notes on the possible medicinal contraindications, toxicity, side effects and other potential health hazards in taking suma as a tea, extract, capsule or any other form. As such, caution is recommended when contemplating on using this herb.
While it has been claimed that suma has been used for at least 300 years in South America as a health tonic, it is recommended that it not be used for extended periods of time. Pregnant and nursing women should not take this.
Below are some health benefits attributed to suma tea:
- Seems to strengthen the body’s immune system.
- Thought to be support hormonal imbalance.
- Believed to boost the body’s functions.
- Said to increase the body’s resistance to stress.
- Claimed to be able to increase the libido.