Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera) is one of ayurvedic medicine’s most highly regarded tonics . It is also an adaptogen which combats stress and promotes learning and memorising capacity. Ashwagandha nourishes the body’s reserves. It is traditionally used for age-related problems, insomnia (it contains the alkaloids somnin and sominiferine), impotence and mental fatigue.
Studies suggest that Ashwagandha
– Has anti-anxiety effects and helps protect brain cells from the damaging effects of modern lifestyles,
– Increases macrophage capacity for destroying pathogenic elements, – Has a relaxing and antispasmogenic effect on intestinal, uterine and bronchial muscles as well as on blood vessel walls,
– Has specific antioxidant activity : withanolides increase levels of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, two of the body’s most important antioxidants, in the frontal cortex and corpus striatum
– Significantly improves nervous or anxious conditions and mental fatigue, as well as other biological parameters.