Stress Relief - Ashwagandha
A popular Ayurvedic medicinal substance derived from the root and berry of the plant, Ashwagandha is often used for stress, strain, fatigue, pain, skin problems. The active constituents are thought to include alkaloids, steroidal lactones, saponins and withanolides. Form: powder that can be mixed with water, juice or tea to be consumed Dosage: Recommended dose is 5 grams (2 – 3 teaspoons) a day. (2.5% Concentrated L. Alkaloids) Ashwagandha is also used as a general tonic, to increase energy and improve health and longevity. Externally, it can be applied as a local analgesic. Studies suggest that Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory properties which may protect against cartilage damage in osteoarthritis. In addition, improvements in hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and insulin sensitivity have been detected in animal model of type 2 diabetes. In vitro studies suggest Ashwagandha may reduce growth of breast, central nervous system, colon, and lung cancer cells without inducing cell death in normal cells. In addition, animal studies suggest Ashwagandha has antitumor, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and anti-stress properties. The herb may also help prevent chemotherapy- induced neutropenia. However, the effects of Ashwagandha in cancer patients have yet to be determined. Ashwagandha has been found to be rich in iron. Small scale human studies suggest ashwagandha may promote growth in children and improve hemoglobin level, red blood cell count, and sexual performance in adults. In addition, an herbomineral formula containing Ashwagandha was shown to benefit osteoarthritis in a clinical trial. Scholars at Banaras Hindu University, India, have conducted research that has shown that many of the elements of ashwagandha are antioxidants. The researchers looked at the effects these elements have on the brains of test animals and found that Ashwagandha led to larger amounts of three different natural antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. The scholars conclude, “These findings are consistent with the therapeutic use of W. somnifera as an health promoter. The antioxidant effect of active principles of W. somnifera may explain, at least in part, the reported anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects produced by them in experimental animals, and in clinical situations." For years, Indians have prescribed ashwagandha as a treatment for cerebral disorders in the elderly, including memory loss.