Ashwagandha Extract



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Sometimes called "Indian Ginseng" ashwagandha - Latin name, Withania somnifera - has been used in a number of forms to treat a huge variety of physical maladies.

Ashwagandha shows remarkable promise for increasing brain function. It is used in India to treat mental deficits in geriatric patients, including amnesia. Researchers have found that ashwagandha can increase acetylcholine receptor activity. Increased acetylcholine receptor capacity might partly explain the cognition-enhancing and memory-improving effects of extracts from ashwagandha observed in animals and humans. Further studies indicate that ashwagandha stimulates the growth of axons and dendrites.

According to scientists, Ashwagandha most likely affects multiple body systems to promote emotional well-being, mental sharpness, and physical endurance. Pharmacological studies indicate the mechanism of action is Withaferin-A, a primary Withanolide in Ashwagandha, which stimulates neurotransmitter pathways in the brain. This effect enhances memory and other cognitive processes. Scientists have yet to pinpoint the specific functions supporting immune system response and other regulatory body systems, though it is believed that all the active glycowithanolides that derive from the plant work together to alleviate anxiety and panic, mild mood swings, lack of mental clarity/focus, and mental/physical fatigue.

Research has also found that ashwagandha increases the levels of three naturally powerful antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. The effects of these antioxidants may explain the reported anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging effects produced in experimental animal and in clinical situations.

These findings are consistent with the therapeutic use of ashwagandha root in Ayurveda as an overall health promoter. The root is primarily recognized for its adaptogenic properties. An adaptogen is a physiological agent with the ability to naturally increase the body

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