Ashwagandha - også kendt som withania somnifera - Har mange utrolige virkninger på kroppen, der øger sundheden i sindet, nerves, immune system and joints, while also increasing strength and endurance.
Denne kraftfulde urt er blevet brugt i den indiske helbredende traditioner Ayurveda for hundreds of years. Only in the last few decades has research been conducted by scientistsd that has found a lot of evidence to back up the claims from these healers and they are now seeing why Ashwagandha is such a powerful and healing herb.
Ifølge Chopra Center, studies have shown that ashwagandha provides a range of health benefits, from lowering cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar to reducing inflammation and anxiety. In turn, these benefits help fight a number of diseases, herunder:
- Anti inflammatory
- Anti ageing
- Chronic fatigue
- Højt blodtryk
- Immunsystemet & general health
- Some cancers
- Dementia (boosts memory)
Ashwagandha also has shown to improve learning and memory. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend it as a brain booster and a remedy for forgetfulness.
How Can Ashwagandha Fight Alzheimer’s?
Studies on Ashwagandha
Researchers at Newcastle University har fundet, at ashwagandha hæmmer dannelsen af beta-amyloid plaques. These plaques, considered toxic to brain cells, accumulate in the brains of people with neurodegenerative diseases, såsom Alzheimers. Da undersøgelserne blev udført i reagensglas, however, researchers emphasize that more testing is needed.
Ved National Brain Research Center (NBRC), scientists tested ashwagandha on mice with Alzheimer’s. After 20 days of treatment with ashwagandha, cognitive performance of the mice improved significantly. At the end of 30 dage, deres hjernefunktion var vendt tilbage til normal og de amyloide plaques, der havde været til stede i musenes hjerner blev reduceret.
Desuden, the study showed that rather than altering brain chemistry directly, ashwagandha boosts a protein in the liver. This protein clears amyloid from the brain.
Ashwagandha har en utrolig effekt på nervous system og kan berolige de områder af hjernen, der kan bæres ned på grund af overskydende og langvarig stress. GABA (Gamma amino-butyric acid) er en hæmmende neurotransmitter placeret i hjernen, som tjener til at formindske neuronal aktivitet. This herb helps keep nerve cells from over-firing, which will have a naturally calming effect on the mind and body.
Problemer fra over-affyring af neuroner kan resultere i søvnløshed and restlessness. Since ashwagandha contains GABA, it will naturally calm the cells, helping with reducing anxiety, uplifting the mood and inducing restful sleep.
In India, Ashwagandha has been used on people for a very long time as a mood stabilizer. Forskning har også vist, at denne urt producerer en naturlig anti-depressivt og anti-angst virkning, der er sammenlignelig med antidepressive lægemidler, såsom Ativan og dens virkning i mus.
Anden forskning har vist, at Ashwagandha er nyttigt med stress inducerede problemer såsom sår, inhibition of male sexual drive, retention of learned activities and memory.
Ashwagandha forskning på Banaras Hindu University placeret i Varanasi, India discovered that some of the chemicals in the herb were powerful antioxidants. In some of their studies, they found that there was an increase of three natural antioxidants superoxide: dismutase, catalas
This supports the claims of Indian Ayurvedic medicine and long term use of this powerful herb. These antioxidant effects support and explain why it has helped people reduce stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects.
Undersøgelser har kigget ind i de anti-inflammatoriske virkninger af Ashwagandha til behandling af artritis and other inflammatory conditions. The research has found that this herb is effective, fordi det har en naturligt forekommende steroid indhold, der er meget højere end for hydrocortisone, which is normally prescribed for anti-inflammatory problems.
Research of ashwagandha has also found some awesome evidence for anti-aging properties. In a double-blind clinical trial, a group of 101 healthy males between the ages of 50-59 years old were given 3 grams daily for one year. Forsøgspersonerne havde en betydelig forbedring i deres hemoglobin, red blood cell count, siddende statur og hair melanin. Serum cholesterol decreased in these men and nail calcium was preserved. 70% also reported improved sexual performance.
Immune System And General Health
Anticarcinogenic activity has also been found in Ashwagandha roots. The roots caused an inhibitory effect on around 49% of colony forming CHO cells. The cell growth was inhibited and cell attachment was also prevented. The herb caused long term growth inhibition of CHO cells, which was highly dependent of the cell density, because of long term exposure to Ashwagandha.
In a series of studies, ashwagandha had a profound effect on the healthy production of white blood cells in animals. Det viste også, at det har en god virkning på thyroid activity. It was found to stimulate thyroid activity through its effect on cellular antioxidant systems. Dette viser, at det også kan være godt for dem, der lider hypothyroidism.
In human studies, Ashwagandha has helped patients, på grund af dens vanddrivende, hypoglykæmiske og