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The Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Sunday, May 1st 2022 10:00am 3 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

The last few years have been stressful. Our modern society adds other varieties of stress like environmental toxins, emotional setbacks, poor nutrition, and physical trauma. All of these issues deplete our bodies of important nutrients and create the oxidation of various cellular elements.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps your body adapt to stressful conditions. Let’s take a deeper look at the health benefits of ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha is also known as winter cherry, Indian ginseng, and Withania Somnifer. It grows in North America and Africa, although it is commonly linked with the Ayurvedic traditions of the east.

Ayurveda is an ancient philosophy and application of natural health common in India and the Far East. This tradition uses the roots of the Withania Somnifera plant to prepare Ashwagandha. This herb has been used for many health conditions for centuries by Ayurvedic medicine men.

Ashwagandha protects your brain

Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant properties that help protect the nervous system and brain. Premature aging due to chronic stress on the nervous system is related to higher levels of oxidative stress. This stress increases lipid peroxidation while decreasing critical antioxidant enzymes catalase and glutathione peroxidase.

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