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Monday, June 16, 2014

HEALTHKICK: Ever hear of the Ancient herb "AshWagandha"?




So I found this little tidbit about this herb online. Please consult your doctor or health professional before taking our word about this herb as we will do thorough research before indulging. What I like about the herb ofcourse is weightloss specifically, however there are many benefits including, Energy, Memory Enhancement etc...Check the Deets!

Ashwagandha – a powerful adaptogen herb that enhances the body’s resilience to stress, enhances the function of the brain and nervous system, and improves memory.
For more than 5000 years of Indian Ayurveda (traditional medicine) Ashwagandha has been used as a Rasayana.

Rasayana is described as an herbal or metallic preparation that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness (Changhadi, 1938).

This herb is known as a rejuvenator tonic. Modern scientific studies have been carried out and proven Ashwagandha’s anti-stress activities among other strong benefits.

Ashwagandha is used as a household remedy by Ayurvedic Indians, who consider it as the best tonic for old people and children, and as an aphrodisiac by young people.

 BENEFITS:

Body Weight – Weight-gain or the inability to lose weight is often accompanied by high levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) within the body. Ashwagandha can help reduce cortisol levels, therefore encouraging weight-loss. It has also been effective in lowering fasting blood sugar levels and improving
lipid profiles.

Mood– Investigations support the use of Ashwagandha as a mood stabilizer in clinical conditions of anxiety and depression. Its effects are comparable to those of powerful pharmaceutical drugs.

Stress Induced Diseases – Lowers stress markers, therefore lowering likelihood of arteriosclerosis,premature aging, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension and malignancy.
Exercise – It significantly reduces the cortisol content of adrenals during exercise, therefore increasing endurance and time to fatigue.

Mind and Memory – Ashwagandha belongs to a sub-group of Rasayanas known as MedhyaRasayanas.MedhyaRasayanas promote intellect and memory.It has a Cognition Promoting Effect and is useful in children with memory deficit and in old age loss of memory(Singh, 1993).

Neurodegenerative Diseases– There are dozens of studies that show that Ashwagandha slows, stops, reverses or removes neuritic atrophy and synaptic loss. Therefore it has become a common treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases (Kuboyama, 2005).

Nerve Damage – MimickingGABA,Ashwagandha promotes formation of dendrites (the “fingers” at the end of nerves that communicate with other nerves).Its constituents and the metabolites of its constituents promote the growth of nerves after taking it for 7 days.

Energy– Known as “Indian Ginseng,”used as a general tonic, it promotes energy and improves health and longevity. It has anxiolytic effect and improves energy levels and mitochondrial health.

Reproductive Health – It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance. It also acts as a stimulant and increases the sperm count.

Immunity – Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity. It is also regarded as a promising anti-bacterial agent.

Anti-Aging – Possessing potent antioxidant properties it helps protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Anti-Inflammatory – Can be taken orally to fight internal inflammation or made into apaste of crushed roots mixed with water and applied to effectivelyreduce joint inflammation or other swelling.

Anti-Arthritic – Ashwagandha is used as ananalgesic that soothes nervous system from pain response giving it powerful anti-arthritic properties. It has been found useful in clinical cases of Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.

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