Ashwagandha’s Potential to Help Maintain a Healthy Brain
Ashwagandha’s Potential to Help Maintain a Healthy Brain Life is full of challenges, deadlines, frustrations, health issues and demands which subsequently give rise to mental stress and anxiety. These days stress has become a silent killer without a face. Stress can have very harmful effects on the body and has been known to cause hypertension, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, infertility, heart attacks etc. It is a serious problem worldwide and people need to find new ways to deal with it. Prevention of stress is the best strategy for treatment and where it is not possible, the body should be well protected by taking appropriate care of diet and sleep. Sleep here indicates adequate rest required by the body. Allopathic medicines that cure stress are actually anti-depressants, which are addictive in nature. On the other hand, Ayurveda deals with all stress and anxiety related disorders through herbs which are not addictive and can be stopped once a person feels that they have developed a coping mechanism. Stress is caused due to an imbalance of 3 main mental functions: Dhi (learning), Dhriti (retention) and Smriti (long-term memory), and a lack of Ojas (energy in the body). Further, regular intake of several rasayana herbs to increase the coping capacity of the body is advisable. Several of these rasayanas have demonstrated significant stress attenuating effects in experimentations and scientific efforts are being conducted to logically utilize rasayana herbal formulations in stress management
Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widely used “Adaptogenic Ayurvedic”Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widely used “Adaptogenic Ayurvedic” herb and is widely used in Ayurvedic formulations for issues relating to sleep, energy, stress, rejuvenation, muscle strength, and joint health.2 Ashwagandha is a wonderfully versatile herb, hence known as an adaptogen, that is gaining more and more popularity all around the world and with herbalists from all backgrounds (naturopaths, Chinese medicine and western herbalists included). The active ingredient from Ashwagandha root powder; Withaferin A, is effective for insomnia but does not act as a sedative. It’s rejuvenative and nervine properties produce energy which in turn help the body to settle and sleep. Thus, it enables the body to address a stress related condition rather than masking it with sedatives. It erases insomnia and eases stress and has been shown to lower blood pressure. It is highly effective in stopping the formation of stress induced ulcers. In a study published in 2000, researchers found that Ashwagandha had an anti-anxiety effect similar to that of lorazepam (a medication used to treat anxiety disorders). The herb also appeared to ease depression.3,4 In a study with fifty-two healthy subjects experiencing stress for a long period of time, Ashwagandha (300 mg twice daily) for 8 weeks not only decreased stress, but also food cravings and overall bodyweight.5 It is one of the best herbs used so far to combat mental stress as it plays a very active role in different biochemical reactions inside the brain. Multiple health benefits from Ashwagandha makes it as perfect supplement for physical and psychological health.
1. Arora et al. Anc Sci Life. 2003 Jul-Sep; 23(1): 8–15.
2. Sebastian Pole, Ayurvedic Medicine: London: Churchill Livingston, 2006, pp. 133-134.
3. Uma Devi et al .The Pharma Innovation, 2012Vol 1 no 9; 102-110.
4. Biswajit et al. JANA , 2012 vol 8;page 50-56.
5. Choudhary, et al. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. April 6, 2016.
PRODUCTS OF THE MONTH:
PRESERVA STRESAWAY TABLETS
Stresaway BenefitsPreserva Wellness Stresaway Tablet is a novel herbal formulation containing Ashwagandha, Jatamanshi, Shankhpushi, Gokhru and Tagar in combination with Turmeric and some other herbs and are useful as a nerve tonic, for mental relaxation, to reduce stress responses, to reduce muscular fatigue, as a memory and learning booster, to combat mental disorders, to promote quality sleep and also to cure migraine, depression and anxiety. It is also a very good cure for bipolar disorder.
Health benefits of each constituent:
1. Gotukala (Centella asiatica) extract: It stimulates the brain and acts as a tonic, rejuvenates nerve cells, acts as a natural sedative, anxiolytic (anxiety reducing agent) and has intelligence promoting properties.
2. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) extract: It fights free radicals in the body which are responsible for cell damage especially skin cells. It also protects against major industrial pollutants, increases alertness, and activates the nervous system by stimulating brain signalling pathways.
3. Tagar (Valeriana wallichii) extract: It plays a protective role against mental disorders specially which are stress related.
4. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract: It’s rejuvenative and nervine properties produce energy which in turn help the body to settle and sleep and acts as a tonic for nerves.
5. Shankhpushi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) extract: It enhances the aura of the body and gives it a healthy look, rejuvenates nervous tissues, alleviates insanity and emotional instability, promotes quality sleep.
6. Vach (Acorus calamus) extract: Useful for the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia, neurosis etc.
7. Gokhru (Tribulus terrestris) extract: It acts as a natural anti-depressant.
8. Jatamanshi (Nardostachys Jatamansi) extract: It works as an anti-stress, anti-convulsive, anti-epileptic agent and is a cognitive and learning enhancer. It can help reduce epilepsy attacks, spasms and convulsions.
9. Jeera (Cuminum cyminum) fruit powder: It aids in improving the digestive system and reduces acidity and bloating.
10. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) extract (95% Curcumin): It possesses anti-depressant and anxiolytic (anxiety reducing agent) properties and is effective in the treatment of brain or spine injury. It also propels the nervous system to perform better.
News of the Month
Use Turmeric to Improve Your Memory and Mood By: PTI | Updated: Jan 25, 2018 01:15 IST
TURMERIC CAN FIGHT ALZHEIMER'S RISK
1. Turmeric fights Alzheimer's by aiding memory and improving mood
2. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
3. Indian adults have lower prevalence of Alzheimer's
Turmeric, a common ingredient in Indian cuisine, may lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease by improving memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss. The research, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, examined the effects of an easily absorbed curcumin supplement on memory performance in people without dementia, as well as it potential impact on the microscopic plaques and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Found in turmeric, curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India have a lower prevalence of Alzheimer's and better cognitive performance.
"Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer's disease and major depression," said Gary Small, from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study involved 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 years who had mild memory complaints. Participants randomly received either a placebo or 90 mg of curcumin twice daily for 18 months. The people who took curcumin experienced significant improvements in their memory and attention abilities, while the subjects who received placebo did not.
Activity of the Month
Preserva Wellness organized health camps at Prateek Laurel, Noida and Landcraft River Heights, Raj Nagar Extension, Ghaziabad in collaboration with RWA of both the societies. Preserva Wellness supports sequences of Health campaigns to provide economical, safe and readily available medical counselling and supplements to the public. Health campaigns were organised to boost the health status of the society and to spread awareness about Ayurveda, its effects and the advantages of using natural supplements in place of allopathic medications. Preserva Wellness takes the initiative to educate people as to how Ayurveda can be used for the prevention of common medical issues such as diabetes, arthritis, obesity etc. among Indians. The health camps were organised on 21st January, 2018 and 28th January, 2018 respectively and an estimated 100 people participated for a health and wellness evaluation at each camp. The staff of Preserva Wellness was present during camp and included our Doctor and Nutritionist.
Results of Screening:
People were requested to register their name for getting screened for a Body composition assessment, Bone Mineral Density, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure and other health disorders. A total of 100 people were screened by the BCA scanner machine followed by sugar and BP along with medical professional’s counselling.
Health issues and number of persons diagnosed on 21st January, 2018:
• Joint pain- 18
• Diabetes- 12
• Hypertension- 11
• Skin issues- 14
• Constipation- 8
• Depression- 8
• Over weight- 24