Benefit of Ashwagandha? A Healthy Brain

Protecting Your Brain Against Aging is Just One Benefit of Ashwagandha…

Dopamine, a brain chemical used to carry messages between neurons may be increased by consuming Ashwagandha regularly.

People of all ages, lifestyles and health ranges are looking for ways to get and keep their brains young.  Cognitive function is an issue for everyone to be concerned with – regardless of age.

 

Benefit of Ashwagandha – Anti-Aging

A normal part of aging is mental decline.  Blood circulation to the brain decreases, brain cells will burn energy less efficiently, messages between those cells may get muddled, and the brain even begins to shrink.  Stopping this decline is a major benefit of Ashwagandha.

There are many factors that affect our cognitive health. Among them are:

*   Stress

*   Lack of sleep

*   Nutrition

*  Two  age related issues – over production of homocysteine and under production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine

While Ashwagandha is used extensively in India, many people do not know that it is also found in North America and was used by Native Americans to treat inflammation, fevers, common colds and flu  viruses.  India has used Ashwagandha to increase memory and focus in older adults.

Western researchers are currently studying the herb’s affect on dementia related issues.  Researchers at the University of Leipzig used rats to study Ashwagandha’s affect on the brain.  Some positive results on acetylcholine receptor activity were found, and this is important because acetylcholine plays an active role in memory, reasoning, focus and alertness.  Human trials have yet to be conducted.

A benefit of  Ashwagandha is that it is an adaptogen, stress-buster and a re-vitalizer.  It’s effect on the brain is cool and calming.  After a stressful work day, Ashwagandha can bring the brain back to its normal state of functioning.  Most herbal brain tonics on the market have Ashwagandha as an ingredient.  The direct results of using this herb are an improvement in the memory capacity of the brain.

Ashwagandha is available in several different forms.  It is available in capsules and in tincture.  It may also be combined with other herbs.  It is recommended that you start out with one capsule per day for a week or a half teaspoon of tincture.

You may choose to gradually increase your dosage to one capsule twice a day, or one teaspoon per day.  Remember to check with your doctor before starting this or any new supplement.  See more articles on the benefit of ashwagandha.

Note: Pregnant women and nursing mothers should NOT take ashwagandha.

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