Suma Powder

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Suma powder is produced from the root of a South American vine-like groundcover also known as Brazilian ginseng and locally as para tudo, which means “for all” in Portuguese. Suma root contains a number of active compounds, including a class of saponins called pfaffosides and allantoin, the same chemical found in comfrey.

Suma powder is typically used to make cosmetic and personal care products, including tooth powders, mouthwashes, shampoos and lotions.

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approximate cups to one pound
active compoundsIron, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Amino acids, Electrolytes, Trace minerals, Pantothenic acid, Germanium, Saponins, Glycosides, Allantoin, Beta-ecdysterone, Beta-sitosterol, Daucosterol, Nortriterpenoids, Pantothenic acid, Pfaffic acids, Pfaffosides A-F, Silica, Stigmasterol, Stigmasterol-3-o-beta-d-glucoside, Ecdysteroid glycosides, and Nortriterpenes.
plant part usedroot

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dry cabinet.
appearance & aromaFine powder without remarkable aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse powdered suma root in oil for use in making salves, ointments and creams. May also be applied to the skin as a moist poultice.
culinaryMay be tinctured in alcohol. The powdered root may also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.

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Suma root is not generally used for culinary purposes.

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what else you should know


While Pfaffia paniculata is the accepted scientific name for this herb, some sources refer to it by other botanical names, including Gomphrena paniculata, Hebanthe paniculata and Hebanthe eriantha.

In South America, the plant is known as Para Toda, which means “does all things,” a reference to the plant’s historical use as a restorative, adaptogen and immunostimulant. Due to the herb’s adaptogenic qualities, suma is also known as Brazilian ginseng.

Suma root is a good source of beta-sitosterol, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, iron, magnesium, zinc and nearly two dozen amino acids. The root also contains a significant amount of saponins, most notably a novel group called pfaffosides.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.