Suma is a large, shrubby, ground vine native to the Amazon basin and other tropical parts of South America. It has been used historically for various conditions, such as menstrual disorders and has also been used as a sexual enhancement agent, bodybuilding agent, and as a general tonic. According to early research, suma may have potential as an anticancer agent. Limited research suggests that suma may have hormonal effects and increase sexual performance.
High-quality human trials supporting the effectiveness of suma for any condition in humans are currently lacking.

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Allantoin, Amaranthaceae (family), beta-ecdysterone, beta-sitosterol, beta-sitosterol-beta-D-glucoside, Brazilian ginseng, butanolic extract, calcium, corango-açu (Portuguese - Brazil), copper, daucosterol, ecdysteroid glucosides, germanium, ginseng brasileiro (Portuguese - Brazil), glycosides, Gomphrena eriantha, Gomphrena paniculata, Hebanthe eriantha, Hebanthe paniculata, Iresine erianthos, Iresine paniculata, Iresine tenuis, iron, magnesium, mart, nortriterpenes, pantothenic acid, para toda, paratudo, pfaffia, Pfaffia eriantha, Pfaffia paniculata spp., pfaffic acid, pfaffosides (A-F), phosphorus, phytochemicals, plant sterols, polypodine B, potassium, ptersterone, rubidium, saponins, silica, sitosterol, stigmasterol, stigmasterol-3-o-beta-d-glucoside, stigmasterol-beta-D-glucoside, strontium, titanium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, Xeraea paniculata, zinc.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.