How can you have better energy, mental clarity, and less chronic pain? First cleanse acids and impurities from body and mind then fortify vitality with herbal tonics. Bitter detoxifying herbs such as dandelion or East Indian neem capsules are best used during morning hours because bitter herbs are often laxative and diuretic. Use them regularly until body odors, dark urine, constipation or skin blemishes are gone. Then fortify energy with a tonic. Ashwagandha, an Indian ginseng, works as an excellent immune booster that nourishes and rejuvenates the nervous system. Weak, exhausted, overworked people can add ¼ tsp. of ashwagandha powder to a cup of water or warm milk twice daily during the late morning and afternoon. If you have chronic fatigue, backache, poor memory, weak muscle strength, low sexual vitality, and lack drive, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is very useful to reduce signs of aging. It is available in health food store capsules and is sold as a powder in all East Indian groceries and herb shops. A renowned adaptogen, ashwagandha promotes rejuvenation, mental and physical health, and provides a defense against dangerous environmental factors. Research has shown that ashwagandha root extracts support healthy immune system function.
Ashwagandha helps maintain proper nourishment muscle and bone, while supporting the proper function of the adrenals and reproductive system. It is a famous sexual tonic for tired, achy, overworked intellectuals, but it has many other uses as well. Ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant properties that destroy free radicals implicated in aging and numerous diseases. Also remarkable, emerging evidence suggests that ashwagandha has anti-cancer benefits. Used by both men and women, it acts to calm the mind and promote restful sleep. As an adaptogen, it improves health for people troubled with a poor diet, lack of sleep, mental or physical strain, or chemical and environmental poisons. It is especially beneficial in arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, and chronic stress-debility.
Scientific studies in June, 2006 Life Extension magazine support ashwagandha’s ability to protect brain cells. For example, ashwagandha has been proven as effective as some tranquilizers and antidepressant drugs. Stress causes increased peroxidation of lipids, while decreasing levels of the antioxidant enzymes catalase and glutathione peroxidase. Ashwagandha extract normalizes these parameters of free radical damage in a dose-dependent manner. Premature aging and chronic nervous tension are abolished by antioxidants in ashwagandha extract. Another amazing study in Life Extension reports that 85% of the brain cells observed in animals exposed to chronic stress showed signs of degeneration and long-term cognitive difficulties. Ashwagandha was administered daily and the number of degenerating brain cells was reduced by 80%.
Ashwagandha scavenges free radicals. Its steroidal alkaloids and steroidal lactones may account for its beneficial effects. To date, scientists have studied at least 12 alkaloids and 35 withanolides in ashwagandha, primarily withanolides, withaferin A and withanolide D. Other studies reveal ashwagandha’s antimicrobial properties against bacteria, including Salmonella. It enhances macrophage immune cells. Ashwagandha can be considered both a vitality tonic and detoxifier.
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