According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha has multiple abilities to nourish many layers of the body, mind and spirit. This adaptogenic root promotes mental acuity, emotional well-being and physical stamina so stress doesn’t take such a hold. Ayurvedic practitioners traditionally use Ashwagandha to encourage relaxation, emotional balance, and sexual vitality.
In India, Ashwagandha has been used traditionally for geriatric patients with mental challenges. This plant stimulates neurotransmitter pathways in the brain which may enhance memory and other cognitive processes. It is believed that the plant’s active constituents work synergistically to alleviate anxiety and panic as well as calming mild mood swings and nourishing mental and physical fatigue.
Research has also found that raw Ashwagandha may increase the levels of three naturally powerful antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. The effects of these antioxidants may explain the reported anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects produced in experimental animal and in clinical situations.
Ashwagandha is one of the yummy ingredients in Mushroom Mama's Supreme Balance Tea.
Caution: Ashwangandha is not to be used during pregnancy.
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