Ashwagandha-- also called Withania Somnifera, Indian Ginseng, and Winter Cherry-- is a popular herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine . Considered one of the most powerful herbs in ancient Ayurvedic healing, Ashwagandha has been the subject of recent research assessing its protection over to cells in the central nervous system and upregulation of neuron regeneration, as well as its role as a free radical-seeking antioxidant .
Within the brain, Ashwagandha is reported to boost cognitive processes by increasing the amount of available extracellular acetylcholine– a key neurotransmitter responsible for our learning and memory capacity . On a holistic level, Ashwagandha has also been suggested reduces the stress hormone cortisol, lowers blood sugar levels, and improves lipid profiles.
The name Ashwagandha translates to “Smell of the Horse”, referring both to its scent and its use as an ancient means to promote bodily strength and virility . Although ingesting Ashwagandha extract appears to be the most popular means of supplementation, one can also apply the herb topically or brew it in a tea .
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