I’m sure you’ve heard about ‘superfoods’, so how about ‘wonder herbs’. As you might expect, a wonder herb is a plant that has a wide range of different health benefits and has been shown to help combat a large range of problems.
One such herb is ‘Ashwagandha’. This is a herb that may just be able to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, to combat diabetes and to improve liver health. So how exactly does it work and what is this magic substance?
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is an evergreen perennial plant that grows as tall as five feet. It is also classified as winter cherry and Indian ginseng which, as the latter name suggests, is abundant in India.
As with many other herbs, ashwagandha has been enjoyed historically for numerous health benefits. Today, though, there is evidence 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, a form of dementia. It basically involves the deterioration of neurons throughout the brain which in turn leads to the loss of functions. The condition is widespread and causes symptoms such as anxiety, changes in personality, paranoia, forgetfulness, reduced motor control and more.
So how does Ashwagandha combat Alzheimer’s? Well, it turns out that the lack of some abilities can be overcome by increasing the amyloid plaques and the tangle which induce neuron depletion in the first place. It does this by boosting the protein in the liver, which enters the bloodstream and removes amyloid from the brain. .
Essentially then, assume the amyloid is something that cements around the neurons and damages them . By consuming ashwagandha, it seems that you can effectively dissolve that amyloid and regain the function of the affected neurons. Of course, it’s still early days but there 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 efficiency.. In fact, it’s by improving the liver function that the Alzheimer’s is reversed.
Other Health Benefits
Ashwagandha also seems to be rather amazing for a range of other impressive benefits. It could be useful for weightloss for instance seeing as it stimulates the thyroid gland. On the other hand it might also be useful for combating diabetes. One study 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 reduce the sensitivity of the cell to stress. This suggests that it helps to encourage homeostasis and could be useful in combating depression and other forms of dementia and cognitive decline.
In other terms, it is a single herb which enhances brain health, liver function, weight loss, strength and more. What the heck are you waiting for? Add it to your food!