Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) or Indian ginseng is a natural nerve tonic and a memory enhancer. Numerous scientific studies claim that Ashwagandha is a neuroprotective agent. It boosts the memory and fights dementia, an age-related loss of memory and other thinking abilities.
Anti-dementia Role of Ashwagandha
Accumulation of beta-amyloid peptide, a brain protein, disrupts the communication between the brain cells and kills them, thus leading to dementia. Intake of Ashwagandha reduces the accumulation of beta-amyloid peptide in the brain and lowers the death of the brain cells. It further promotes the growth of the brain cells, which improves memory. (1)
Prevents Degeneration of Brain Cells: The antioxidant property of Ashwagandha inhibits beta-amyloid-induced degeneration of brain cells.
Ashwagandha Preserves Memory
Acetylcholine is a brain chemical that supports memory processes and learning. Studies have noted that Ashwagandha intake inhibits the activity of an enzyme that otherwise hinders the activity of this brain chemical. Hence, Ashwagandha protects this brain chemical against damage and preserves memory and other brain functions. (2, 3)
Ashwagandha Improve Cognition
Healthy compounds present in Ashwagandha activate the brain cells and cause cognitive improvement. They further improve communication between the brain cells. Hence, more information is absorbed and retained by the brain cells, which results in long-lasting memory. (4)
The active healthy compounds present in Ashwagandha include:
- Steroidal lactones (Withanolides, Withaferins).
How Can You Make Ashwagandha a Part of Your Diet?
Ashwagandha is available in two forms:
The natural root powder of Ashwagandha is considered safer than other forms.
- You can either add Ashwagandha powder to a cup of coconut or almond milk or you can simply pop an Ashwagandha capsule after consulting your healthcare provider.
- You can also add Ashwagandha powder to a cup of warm water or almond milk.
- Besides this, Ashwagandha tea is also available in the market.
- You can even make Ashwagandha tea at home by adding Ashwagandha powder to boiling water. Allow the water to sit for 10 minutes. This step will help in the release of active compounds. You can even add fresh ginger and basil leaves to Ashwagandha tea.
We believe Ashwagandha root powder is more effective and safer than other forms. It contains all require alkaloids and phytochemicals that provide beneficial effects in the prevention of all forms of dementia.
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