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Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha1 Ashwagandha is an adaptogentic  Indian herb known for it's rejuvenating  and energy boosting properties. Useful for nervous exhaustion, fatigue, and stress-induced memory loss. It has also been used to promote tissue regeneration and to slow down the aging process. It may also be useful in treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Ashwagandha has potent antioxidant properties that help prevent neuronal free radical damage. Research shows that ashwagandha extract enhances the reconstruction of synapses, where nerve cells communicate with each other.

Ashwagandha is believed to correct memory loss by modifying the way the brain uses acetylcholine, a chemical messenger. If oxygen levels are low, the brain acquires acetylcholine by destroying its own cells. Ashwagandha has been shown to promote the growth of normal and damaged nerve cells, which may boost cognitive functioning and offer therapeutic treatment to diseased neurons.

Ashwagandha has been demonstrated to be as effective as some tranquilizers and antidepressants at relieving anxiety and depression. Ashwagandha has been shown to decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels, reduce hypertension, and balance blood glucose levels. Stress causes increased peroxidation of lipids, while depleting levels of glutathione peroxidase. Aging associated with chronic stress and nervous tension may be the result of oxidative stress. Ashwagandha has potent antioxidant properties that offer protection from oxidative stress and free-radical damage.

In addition to all of the neuroprotective benefits ashwagandha may offer, it has also been documented to have cancer protecting capabilities as well. Indian scientists have studies showing that ashwagandha disrupts cancer cells ability to reproduce and also has anti-angiogenic activity to prevent the cancer from forming new blood vessels.

You should avoid taking ashwagandha if you are taking tranquilizers, anti-depressants or psychotropic medications. As always, consult with a qualified practitioner before taking any herbal supplements.

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