Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- promotes stress relief, enhances focus and increases energy
- has anti-cancer properties
Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient form of alternative medicine, and has been shown in studies to fight anxiety and depression, lower blood sugar levels, reduce cortisol, boost brain function and memory, increase testosterone levels in men, reduce inflammation and has anti-cancer properties in animal studies.
Vyas AR, Singh SV, 2014, “Molecular targets and mechanisms of cancer prevention and treatment by withaferin a, a naturally occurring steroidal lactone,” Anticancer Res, 16(1), 1-10
Khazal, et al, 2014, “Effect of Withania somnifera root extract on spontaneous estrogen receptor-negative mammary cancer in MMTV/Neu mice,” Anticancer Res, 34(11), 6327-32.
Auddy, et al, 2008, “A Standardized Withania Somnifera Extract Significantly Reduces Stress-Related Parameters in Chronically Stressed Humans: A Double-Blind, Randomnized, Placebo-Controlled Study,” JANA, 11(1), 50-56.
Chandrasekhar, et al, 2012, “A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficiency of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults,” Indian J Psychol Med, 34(3), 255-62.
Mahdi, et al, 2011, “Withania somnifera Improves Semen Quality in Stress-Related Male Fertility,” Evid Based Complementary Alternat Med, doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep138
Pingali, et al, 2014, “Effect of standardized aqueous extract of Withania somnifera on tests of cognitive and psychomotor performance in healthy human participants,” Parmacognosy Res, 6(1), 12-8.