Schisandra chinensis is referred to by various common names including magnolia berry and five-flavor-fruit. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is said to contain all five basic flavors: salty, sweet, sour, pungent, and bitter. The fruits of a deciduous woody vine native to forests of northern China and eastern Russia, schisandra berries are typically manufactured in these regions as juices, wines, extracts, and sweets. The berries can be macerated in fruit juice, tinctured, and infused as schisandra berry tea.
It’s most well-known for boosting liver function and helping with adrenal functions, but other benefits also include:
- acting like a powerful brain tonic (improving focus, concentration, memory and mental energy)
- improving digestion
- supporting hormonal balance
- nourishing the skin