Schizandra is a very highly regarded herb in Asia and Europe, and historically has been used to make wine, tea, and traditional Chinese herbal elixirs. It is also known as a herb that will literally transform the person taking it, physically and emotionally. This prescription of 100 days of this wonder-herb certainly piqued our interest. It's a gorgeous little berry and SuperFeast founder Mason recently got up close and personal with the humble berry in China's Changbai Mountains. Check out the wild, pristine environment in which we source our berries from, you'll quickly see why our SuperFeast Schizandra is so potent.
We first heard of this practice through the wonderful work of Master Ron Teeguarden, author of the awesome book, The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs.
Master Teeguarden is the premier tonic herbalist in the West, and was first introduced to the tonic herbs his teacher Master Sung Jin Park. Schizandra was reportedly one of Master Park’s favourite herbs, and Master Park suggested Ron Teeguarden take schizandra for 100 days straight in order to transform his life.
If used for 100 days successively, Master Teeguarden notes:
“Schizandra is said to purify the blood, sharpen the mind, improve memory, rejuvenate the kidney energy...and cause the skin to become radiantly beautiful….People who start taking schizandra regularly all change for the better. Their skin virtually glows and becomes clear and fine after several months."
Legendary Taoist Master Li Qing Yuen also claims that a diet of tonic herbs, including schizandra and goji (included together in our Beauty Blend), allowed him to live for more than 200 years, while still looking like a young man…it’s certainly worth a shot! :) And all this talk of Schizandra berries is just as relevant for men too, we've got a really cool podcast on men's health here that you might enjoy.
At Superfeast HQ we’re all about the radiance and the glow and the nourishing of the body and the living to a ripe old age with lots of vitality. I mean, who ain't?! And we love the schiz-berry, especially for it's sexy benefits; sleep is also really beneficial for your libido ;P
So our mission is pretty simple, take the 100 Days of Schizandra (#100daysof schiz) challenge to see what kinds of results we get and we wanted to invite you to take the challenge with us!
The traditional prescription handed down by the Taoists is one tablespoon of dried schizandra berries a day - our extract is a 10:1 extract, which means for every 10kgs of berries we use we get 1kg of extract, so our recommendation is one level teaspoon (which weighs about 2.3 g) of our SuperFeast extract a day (assuming one tablespoon of berries is around 20g), just to be sure.
You’ll need about 250g of extract to do the 100 day challenge - 87c a day for radiance, longevity and energy? Sounds like a great deal to us!! However, for those of you trying the 100 days, we’re offering a special discount, 10% off all bulk schizandra products (250g, 500g and 1kg) with the code 100daysofschiz
We’ve had some of our SuperFeast community try the 100 days with AMAZING results, so we can’t wait to share experiences with you all! Keep us posted if you're trying it, we'd love to hear how you go. And don't forget, if you miss a day, back to the start for you! (Editors note: I've already had to start again. Twice. Lol).
Just as the herb schizandra has lived on through the millennia, healing and nurturing humankind, we're hoping that you too will enjoy increased longevity with this beautiful herb - join us on #100daysofschiz!
If you want to immerse yourself further into beautifying your mind, body and spirit, try our Beauty Blend. Need a quick run down on the bodies detoxifying organs? Or maybe your skin needs some lovin'? We explore some common skin issues here. And, if you want some easy, all-natural beauty recipes using Schizandra and our other beauty herbs, check out our beautiful Beauty Bible here, free to download <3
Part III of our series, where we check in on how you are, provide some updates on how the HQ is operating and chat about herbs...