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ashvagandha

Calms nerves, revives mind and body

Literally translated, Ashvagandha (Winter Cherry/Withania somnifer) means ‘the smell and strength of a horse’ in Sanskrit, probably originating from the herb's odor and energizing benefits of its root. For over 3,000 years, the herb has been used to treat inflammation, fever, boost the immune system, improve memory and promote overall wellness.

Researchers from the University of Leipzig, Germany, looked at the effects of Ashvagandha on the brain. The research showed that Ashvagandha led to increased acetylcholine receptor activity. The scholars concluded that the increase of activity in that particular  neurotransmitter could account for the enhanced cognitive ability and memory attributed to Ashvagandha.

Scholars at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, conducted research which shows that many elements of Ashvagandha have antioxidant properties. The researchers found that the herb led to an increase in three different natural antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. The antioxidant effect of the active principals of Ashvagandha may explain the antistress, cognition-facilitating and anti-aging effects produced in clinical research.

Ashvagandha is an erect shrub covered with wooly hairs, found extensively in India and North America.

Active constituents:

The root contains steroidal compounds which include the lactones Withaferin A and carbon-27-glycowithanolide, known collectively as the Withanolides. The Withanolides are responsible for the many medicinal applications of the herb. Ashvagandha also contains a fair amount of alkaloids including tropine, pseudotropine, isopelletrine, anaferine and saponins, which impart medicinal properties.

Herb functions:

Adaptogenic and antistress:  Ashvagandha is an unique herb with antistress and adaptogenic action that improves physical and mental fitness and helps with daily stress management. It increases physiological endurance and inhibits chronic stress-related physiological abnormalities.

Antioxidant:  It is a powerful antioxidant which scavenges free radicals in cells that are responsible for premature aging.

Anti-inflammatory: Ashvagandha has proven anti-inflammatory properties which help in the management of inflammatory joint disorders.

Indications:

  • General debility

  • As a daily health supplement to cope with stress

  • In the prevention and treatment of many stress-related diseases like arteriosclerosis, premature aging, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension and malignancy

  • As an aphrodisiac

Contraindications:

None

Recommended dose:

One capsule, twice a day or as directed by your physician

Composition:

Each capsule contains 250mg extract of Ashvagandha

Note:  Since Himalaya’s Pure Herbs are in capsule form, some children below 14 years may find it difficult to swallow them. For this reason, Pure Herbs are recommended for children ages 14 and above.

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