You’ve heard about ‘superfoods’, so how about ‘wonder herbs’. As you might expect, a wonder herb is a herb that has a vast number of different health benefits and that has been shown to help combat any number of problems.
One such herb is ‘Ashwagandha’. This is a herb that may just be able to prevent Alzheimer’s, to combat diabetes and to improve liver health. That’s a lot of bang for your buck, so how exactly does it work and what is this miracle substance?
What is Ashwangandha?
Ashwagandha is an evergreen perennial herb that grows as high as five feet. It is also known as winter cherry and Indian Ginseng and as the latter name suggests, it is found in India.
As with many herbs, ashwagandha has been enjoyed historically for numerous health benefits. These include improved energy and vitality. Today though, evidence is mounting to suggest that ashwagandha may also be able to treat a number of conditions.
Ashwagandha and Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is a serious condition that is a form of dementia. It essentially involves the deterioration of neurons throughout the brain which in turn leads to the loss of functions. The problem is widespread and growing and causes symptoms such as confusion, personality changes, hallucinations, forgetfulness, motor control impairments and more.
So how does Ashwagandha combat Alzheimer’s? Well, it turns out that it can reverse the loss of some skills by reducing the amyloid plaques and tangle which cause the degradation of neurons in the first place. It does this by boosting a protein in the liver, which enters the bloodstream and clears amyloid from the brain.
Essentially then, imagine amyloid as being something that cements around the neurons and damages them. By consuming ashwagandha, it appears that you can effectively dissolve that amyloid and regain the function of the affected neurons. Of course, it’s still early days but this is promising research and it’s certainly encouraging enough to recommend supplementation.
And it’s by the same mechanism that ashwagandha can also boost liver performance. In fact, it’s by improving the liver function that the Alzheimer’s is reversed.
Other Health Benefits
Ashwagandha also appears to be rather amazing for a range of other impressive benefits. It could be useful for weightloss for instance (always music to our ears!) seeing as it stimulates the thyroid gland. At the same time it might also be useful for combating diabetes. In one study, it was found that consuming the herb could significantly improve blood sugar and cholesterol in those with type 2 diabetes.
Ashwagandha is also considered an ‘adaptogen’ meaning that it helps to decrease the cellular sensitivity to stress. This means that it helps to encourage homeostasis and could be useful in combating depression and other forms of dementia and cognitive decline.
In other words, it’s a single herb that improves brain health, liver function, weightloss, energy and more. What are you waiting for? Add it to your diet!