MIRACLE Ashwagandha: Benefits Thyroid and Adrenals; Prevents and Treats Cancer – Healthy Positive Mind –
Is it a miracle? No, reality, this plant exists, you can buy it in your shop. It is wonderful, but not let so many benefits to the pharmaceutical industry, it is much cheaper than any conventional chemical treatment.
Medicinal plants continue to play a role very important in the health system of large global populations, such is the case of the India with Ayurveda, an ancient system of traditional medicine, which, along with traditional medicine, China, is regarded by the who as one of the oldest medical systems in the world.
In this context, we find the Ashwaganda (Whitania somnifera) an exotic herb native to Southeast Asia and that has grown especially in India, used for thousands of years in their traditional medicine for its powerful properties to relieve the stress that has been clinically compared the drugs commonly used to treat depression and anxiety. Oral administration of Ashwagandha for five days relieved anxiety in the same way as drugs such as (chemical anxiolytic) Lorazepam or imipramine (an antidepressant).
In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, the Ashwagandha may be a promising alternative for the treatment of a variety of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (currently there are scientific publications confirming it).
There have been over 200 studies on Ashwagandha’s ability to:
- Improve thyroid function
- Treat adrenal fatigue
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Combat effects of stress
- Increase stamina and endurance
- Prevent and treat cancer
- Reduce brain cell degeneration
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Lower cholesterol
- Boost immunity
Ashwagandha has powerful properties on the radical scavenging free, (antioxidant), molecules that are directly involved in the process of aging and many diseases.
Ashwaganda, potent anti-stress remedy of ayurvedic medicine, our rhythm of life, all environmental contaminants to which we are exposed, bad eating habits, exposure to non-ionizing radiations (mobile telephony, WiFi…), all have a negative impact on our nervous system.
Ashwagandha is not only able to relieve stress, also protects the cells of the brain against the harmful effects of our modern way of life.
Stress creates a toxic environment within ourselves, which is a perfect breeding ground for many diseases, increases free radical accumulation, which produces the peroxidation of lipids in our cells, and decreases the levels of a number of antioxidant enzymes that are part of our own system of Defense (catalase and Glutathione peroxidase).
Ashwagandha Thyroid Benefits
One of the most incredible aspects about adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha is that it can help people with both hypo and hyper thyroid issues. It has been shown to support a sluggish thyroid for people diagnosed with Hashimotos, and has been shown to improve the health of those with an overactive thyroid or Graves disease.
Adaptogenic herbs work with your body to bring you back into balance whether your levels are high or low.
Animal studies reveal ashwagandha has a thyroid hormone balancing effect. In a 20 days study mice were give ashwagandha and their T3 and T4 levels were analyzed along with lipid peroxidation (anti-oxidant protection). Significant increases in serum T4 were found which indicates this herb has a stimulatory effect on a sluggish thyroid.
Also, ashwagandha may benefit thyroid function because it greatly reduced lipid peroxidation by promoting scavenging of free radicals that cause cellular damage. These results prove ashwagandha can be useful in treating hypothyroidism.
There are currently millions of people who struggle with thyroid problems (many who don’t even know it) and ashwagandha may just be the solution they are searching for.
Ashwagandha Adrenal Rejuvenation
Ashwagandha has also been proven effective in supporting adrenal function helping you overcome adrenal fatigue and chronic stress.
Your adrenal glands are endocrine glands that are responsible for releasing hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) in response to stress on your body.
If your adrenals are overtaxed due to an overabundance of emotional, physical and mental stress, it can lead to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. As you can see from this chart below, if your adrenals become exhausted it can also disrupt your other hormones, including progesterone, which can cause infertility and lower DHEA — which can cause you to age faster.
Medical studies have shown that ashwagandha improves cortisol levels, improves insulin sensitivity and naturally balances hormones. A case study reported a case of a 57-year-old woman with non-classical adrenal hyperplasia. She was treated with ashwagandha for six months, and after her treatment she saw improvements in four adrenal hormone markers, including corticoosterone and 11-deoxycortisol, which decreased by 69 percent and 55 percent respectively — a major improvement!
This hormonal improvement was also accompanied by a noticeable reduction in hair loss.
Benefits Brain Health
Emotional, physical, and chemical stress can all have damaging effects to the brain and nervous system. Recent research has proven ashwagandha is more than a stress reliever, it also protects the brain from degeneration and improves symptoms of alzheimer’s, depression, and anxiety.
One of the main reasons ashwagandha is so effective at healing the brain has to do with its powerful antioxidants that destroy free radicals that cause aging. A study published in Phytotherapy Research explains these benefits:
“Several studies have revealed that natural antioxidants, such as vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene, may help in scavenging free radicals generated during the initiation and progression of this [Alzheimer’s] disease. But we found Ashwagandha afforded lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects more potent than commercial antioxidants.”
Researchers at the National Brain Research Centre found that mice with Alzheimer’s were unable to retain what they learned, but after 20 days of supplementing with ashwagandha, this improved significantly. The results of the study found a reduction in amyloid plaques (these cause degradation of the brain).
Prevents and Treats Cancer
Ashwagandha extract has been shown in studies to have very promising benefits when it comes to helping with preventing and treating cancer. In certain studies, researchers have found that ashwagandha extract has a powerful anti-tumor effect.
The extract has been shown to help inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells – specifically breast, lung, stomach, and colon cancer cells which are among some of the leading types of cancers in the world. It’s believed that ashwagandha helps to prevent the growth of cancer cells mostly due to its immune boosting and antioxidant abilities. Supplementing with ashwagandha is correlated with an increase in white blood cells within the body, which indicate that the immune system is better able to protect the body from disease and harmful invaders. Another way that ashwagnadha helps prevent cancer is due to its ability to stop blood vessels around cancer cells from feeding into the growth of cancerous tumors.
In addition to preventing cancer cells from growing, studies have shown that ashwagandha can be a very useful addition to chemotherapy in treating existing cancer. Taking the extract seems to be effective in halting the immune system from becoming suppressed during chemotherapy.
Ashawagandha is able to counteract one of the biggest concerns with chemotherapy- the count of white blood cells in the body becoming lowered, which puts cancer patients as much higher risk for things like infection. Many cancer experts are now recommending ashwagandha extract be both a cancer prevention method as well as an addition to typical cancer treatments. In fact some studies have shown that some patients are even able to reverse signs of cancer using ashwagandha alone over other standard treatment methods.
Ashwagandha anti-stress effects have been checked with numerous studies
- One of them was carried out with mice that 21 days is stressed out to inducing them a small electric shock in the plant of the foot. As a result, it was observed that there was an increase in the levels of SOD (superoxide dismutase) and lipid peroxidation, which indicated that it was producing a response to stress. However, a group of mice, the who an hour before electrical stimulation were administered different doses of Ashwagandha, showed a reversal of the effects of the stress.
- Another study showed that 85% of the cells of the brain of animals subjected to high stress on a permanent basis, with any kind of degeneration, which in the long run can lead to cognitive problems or other diseases. The administration of Ashwagandha in these animals reduced the number of degenerative brain cells by 80%
- One of the most comprehensive studies done using Ashwagandha extract in people, (was measured in the plant’s capacity to reverse the effects of cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone, is found in high concentration in the blood of people with stress and many of the adverse effects of stress due to the increase in cortisol), were obtained spectacular results: participants reported that they had more energy, they were much less tired, slept better, and had an intense feeling of well-being. It was observed that the plant could reduce cortisol levels up to 26%. This wonderful plant could solve many psychological problems and health that affect today’s society, and which are very related to stress.
- The Institute of Natural Medicine of the Faculty of Pharmacy and medicine at the University of Toyama in Japan, since years ago, being conducted extensive research on the benefits to the brain of the Ashwagandha, in their search for ways to get the neuronal regeneration in people with brain injuries by physical trauma, or cognitive impairment or neurodegenerative as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The results are spectacular, and at the moment has been that Ashwagandha is able to regenerate damaged areas of neurons, and rebuild the neural networks that allow communication between cells (synapses).
Many degenerative diseases, as well as premature aging, are associated with a chronic nervous tension, so we have much need of preventing this.
Ashwagandha is a gift of many others that Nature makes to us.
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