Ashwangandha is a small perennial indigenous to India that is known as Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry. Like Chinese ginseng, it is considered a longevity herb. As I’ve posted about before, ashwangandha in the ayurvedic tradition is known to:
- Help proper gene expression
- Strengthen and rejuvenate
- Promote mental and emotional balance
- Relieve depression and insomnia
- Induce calm and relaxation while reducing stress
- Enhances youthfulness and longevity
In the February issue of Natural Products Insider, an article mentioned that a team of Japanese researchers found both ashwangandha and another Ayurveda herb, brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), to increase immunoglobulin A, G, and M, key antibodies in the fight against bacteria and viruses (such as the common cold).
The popular raw food and alternative health blog Renegade Health, listed 4 of the best herbs for boosting libido and mentioned ashwangandha saying, “this herb promotes vitality and encourages sexual and reproductive balance. It’s long been used to treat impotence, premature ejaculation, and other erection disorders, but also has a reputation for benefitting women’s reproductive systems.”
An even more high profile blog, Mercola.com, reviewed research suggesting that ashwangandha could prevent the damaging behavior and cognitive effects of Alzheimer’s by boosting a liver protein and strengthening neuronal pathways.
My feeling is that the Ayurveda herbs and minerals are largely unexplored and I’m glad to see more research being done and new applications for the vast resources of Indian herbs being found.
Where to Buy Ashwangandha
A multivitamin-mineral-herb supplement I saw in Sprouts had this herb as part of its list of 100+ ingredients.
But if you want a more direct source of ashwangandha, it is also available here:
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