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Ashwagandha Extract Capsules


Ashwagandha Extract Capsules

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Product Description

Ashwagandha is an herb from India that is being studied for its support in blocking uptake of opiates, increasing levels of calming neurotransmitters, recuding levels of cortisol, and enhancing short-term memory. 
Ashwagandha is an herb from from India that has neuroprotective and anti-oxidant properties. Research indicates it may provide support in a wide range of areas:*
  • reduced levels of anxiety, depression, OCD behaviors shown in studies
  • enhancement of short-term memory, spatial memory, reaction time, and cognition; protection of the hippocampus (area of brain critical to the formulation of short-term memory)
  • increased levels of calming neurotransmitters by mimicing GABA (one of the brain's primary calming neurotransmitters
  • blocking the uptake of opiates (Excessive levels of opiates flooding the brain from mal-digested gluten and casein is theorized to be a contributing factor to autism; Ashwaganda is also being studied as an alternative support for opiate addiction.)
  • reduction of cortisol levels (Excessive levels of cortisol from chronic stress and disruption of the endocrine system due to man-made chemicals and products can interfere with sleep and neurological development and contribute to issues such as short-term memory impairment, anxiety, OCD, and depression.)
  • improved cognition, memory, and reaction time for individuals diagnosed with bi-polar disorder
  • anti-oxidant protection against certain forms of cancer (including breast and ovarian)
Please see the links below for references to research.

Ashwaganda protects the hippocampus from damage in temporal lobe epilepsy in animal experiments, reducing expression of NDMA receptors that are a contributing factor. It may also inhibit the formation of the Beta-Amyloid protein, found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer's and autism.*

Suggested Use

1 capsule daily with food, 60 capsules per bottle or consult with your licensed health care professional.

Note: Ashwaganda has been found in some studies to increase concentrations levels of the thyroid hormone, T4, which may be of benefit for those who produce an insufficient amount of it; but it is important not to take excessive amounts of Ashwagandha on a daily basis so as to not produce too much.

Supplement Facts

Research References/Links

1. Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability of Bioactive Withanamides Present in Withania somnifera Fruit Extract.

Vareed SK, Bauer AK, Nair KM, Liu Y, Jayaprakasam B, Nair MG.

Phytother Res. 2014 Jan 23. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5118. [Epub ahead of print]

2. Effect of standardized aqueous extract of Withania somnifera on tests of cognitive and psychomotor performance in healthy human participants.

Pingali U, Pilli R, Fatima N.

Pharmacognosy Res. 2014 Jan;6(1):12-8. doi: 10.4103/0974-8490.122912.

3. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults.

Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S.

Indian J Psychol Med. 2012 Jul;34(3):255-62. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.106022.

4. Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity of Withania somnifera glycowithanolides: an experimental study.

Bhattacharya SK, Bhattacharya A, Sairam K, Ghosal S.

Phytomedicine. 2000 Dec;7(6):463-9.

5. Influence of Withania somnifera on obsessive compulsive disorder in mice.

Kaurav BP, Wanjari MM, Chandekar A, Chauhan NS, Upmanyu N.

Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2012 May;5(5):380-4. doi: 10.1016/S1995-7645(12)60063-7.

6. Oxidative stress induced NMDA receptor alteration leads to spatial memory deficits in temporal lobe epilepsy: ameliorative effects of Withania somnifera and Withanolide A.

Soman S, Korah PK, Jayanarayanan S, Mathew J, Paulose CS.

Neurochem Res. 2012 Sep;37(9):1915-27. doi: 10.1007/s11064-012-0810-5. Epub 2012 Jun 15.

7. An aqueous extract of Withania somnifera root inhibits amyloid fibril formation in vitro.

Kumar S, Harris RJ, Seal CJ, Okello EJ.

Phytother Res. 2012 Jan;26(1):113-7. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3512. Epub 2011 May 12.

8. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) reverses -amyloid1-42 induced toxicity in human neuronal cells: implications in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND).

Kurapati KR, Atluri VS, Samikkannu T, Nair MP.

PLoS One. 2013 Oct 16;8(10):e77624. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077624. eCollection 2013.

9. Water extract of Ashwagandha leaves has anticancer activity: identification of an active component and its mechanism of action.

Wadhwa R, Singh R, Gao R, Shah N, Widodo N, Nakamoto T, Ishida Y, Terao K, Kaul SC.

PLoS One. 2013 Oct 10;8(10):e77189. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077189. eCollection 2013. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2013;8(11). doi:10.1371/annotation/b7059f27-5970-4734-8601-9913adcce984.


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