Schisandra Berry: a Great Fertility Herb to Get Pregnant
Schizandra (or schisandra) berry is an incredibly powerful superfood herb for female fertility. Use its benefits as a tea or supplement to help reduce the effects of stress on your body, balance your hormones, reduce inflammation, prevent infections and boost your sex drive!
In this article we are gonna talk about an incredible superfood berry that is going to help you get pregnant. This berry is called schisandra.
Schisandra berry has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine and it is known to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. TCM classifies their herbs by five different flavors and most herbs have one or two flavors. But schisandra actually contains all five flavors! Because it contains all five flavors in this one berry, it has a lot of balancing qualities and it works on your entire body to improve overall health
Schisandra has a huge list of benefits that it can do for your body and your overall health. But let's just focus on what it can do for your fertility specifically.
1. Reduce stress
First of all, it can reduce the harmful effects of stress and balance out your hormones. Stress is a huge factor when it comes to trying to conceive.
When you are stressed out, you are producing stress hormones and they can directly affect your reproductive hormones.
So what does this have to do with schisandra? This berry is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that help your body deal with stress. So whether this stress is physical or emotional, adaptogens will help your body to resist the damaging effects that stress can create on your body.
Schisandra is a good anti-anxiety herb so it can help boost your mood and lower your stress levels. Additionally it can enhance mental performance.
Schisandra is great at balancing out all of these stress hormones and reproductive hormones. It's been found to lower cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone and it's effective in controlling changes in serotonin and adrenaline levels in your body. During stressful times, it's calming to the nervous system but at the same time it can also enhance mental and physical performance. If stress is a big part of your life right now and you're feeling like that might be a huge factor in why maybe you're not ovulating or your periods are a little bit irregular, then I highly suggest taking schisandra for that specific reason.
2. Reduce inflammation
Schisandra has is that it fights free radicals and reduces inflammation. Chronic inflammation is linked to a lot of female reproductive issues like endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), any sort of inflammations that are going on in your reproductive system.
Chronic inflammation may prevent the fertilized egg from implanting into your uterus. It can also prevent the egg from getting to your uterus if it's blocking off your fallopian tubes.
Free radicals are causing this inflammation. Free radicals are also turning on and off different genes which can cause damage to ourselves, so we really want to combat all of these free radicals, because we want to protect our cells. Especially our eggs that we want to fertilize.
Schisandra is extremely high in antioxidants and antioxidants are what will help fight off free radical damage. Less free radical damage means less inflammation in the body and this is also going to help your immune system overall. This also helps to regulate blood sugar and blood sugar is one of those things that are also connected with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
3. Support your hormonal balance
Schisandra is amazing at supporting your liver and your liver is amazing at supporting your hormonal balance.
Schisandra also activates detoxifying enzymes within our liver cells. Liver health is tied to stronger immunity so through this process, schisandra berry is known to be great at helping prevent infections.
When it comes to fertility issues that have to do with inflammation or infections your immune system, schisandra is an amazing herb for those sort of conditions.
4. Detox your body
Another great thing that schisandra can do for your fertility health is detoxifying the body of excess estrogen. Maybe you have heard of phytoestrogens, especially if you have been on this TTC journey for a little while. So you hear about not drinking out of plastic bottles, using BPA-free plastics, avoiding environmental toxins... Because all of these things contain a lot of phytoestrogens and these simulated estrogens go into our body and make your body think that we have all of this excess estrogen.
This really throws our hormones for a loop. Excessive amounts of estrogen can cause irregular periods and totally throw off your hormonal balance. High levels of estrogen have also been found in women who have endometriosis and PCOS.
With a healthy liver. Liver health is a key component when it comes to balancing out reproductive hormones and overall health. Our liver removes excess estrogen from our bodies. But if our livers are overworked then they can't really properly do their job, then estrogen just gets cycled back into the body instead of being released as it should be.
Schisandra is an amazing herb for cleansing and supporting your liver so I definitely suggest trying Schisandra to see if it may help with some of those conditions.
5. Increase your libido
Schisandra can actually increase your libido. It increases your sex drive by supporting your entire body and your entire overall health to help get your sex drive back. When it comes to libido, hormonal imbalances, mood and stress levels can be huge factors.
Schisandra has libido boosting properties by adjusting your hormonal balancing and create an aphrodisiac effect for both men and women.
Regarding men's libido, it has been known to help with erectile dysfunction as well as premature ejaculation.
Regarding women's sex drive, schisandra has been known to help with sensitivity, lubrication and blood circulation.
If you want to get pregnant naturally, you have to have sex and having an improved sex drive is a very important factor when you are trying to conceive.
How do you take schisandra?
Schisandra is a herb. Just like most herbs, you want to be taking them for a period of time before you really start to see the benefits. I would say at least three months of taking schisandra every day. This berry has a cumulative effect, so the more you take it the better it will be for your body.
A lot of traditional Chinese texts say to take it for 100 days straight.
Some cautions with taking Schisandra
You do not want to take it when you are pregnant, especially in the very early stages. So quit taking this during your two-week wait. For sure until you find out that you're not pregnant, then you can start taking it again. But the best option is to just start taking this at least three months before you even start trying to conceive. You can take it every single day without having to worry about that two-week wait .
Schisandra can be stimulating to your uterus. So you don't want this stimulation to be happening during your two-week wait, because this might prevent the fertilized egg from implantation.
Another caution that there is with schisandra, is that if you're taking any sort of liver medications, you do not want to be taking schisandra. Schisandra may increase how quickly the liver breaks down some medications.