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Planetary Herbals Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) Liquid Herbal Extract is a dietary supplement with the root of ashwagandha which is extracted using water and alcohol. It is available in liquid form and has a pleasant, refreshing taste. The bottle is supplied with a dropper for easy dosage. The supplement is free of sugar, colourings and artifical additives.
The formulation exerts adaptogenic effects, helps cope with stress and improves mental and cognitive health. It is recommended especially to persons with an active lifestyle and exposed to chronic stress.
Ashwagandha, otherwise known as Withania somnifera, is a small shrub native to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Indian ginseng and winter cherry are less known names for the plant. It is also referred to as the “Queen of Ayurveda”, which shows that it has an important role in Indian medicine.
Both aerial and underground parts of the plant are used for therapeutic properties, but the roots are considered more valuable. It seems that they contain more bioactive substances, such as unique steroid lactones (so-called withanolides), alkaloids, saponins, phytosterols and flavonoids.
This supplement comprises the extract from ashwagandha root. The raw material is of very high quality – it has been produced only from plants cultivated and processed under organic conditions in compliance with the provisions of the COFFA (California Organic Food and Farming Act).
Higher resistance of the body to stressors
Ashwagandha shows strong adaptogenic properties. It helps restore the body’s homeostasis, which means that it may have sedative and relaxant effects in highly stressful situations and energising properties when we are fatigued and lack vitality. Importantly, it boosts the resistance to stressors, regardless of their origin. It is equally effective for mental and physical stress.
Many studies demonstrate that bioactive compounds found in the plant’s root balance the function of the HPA axis and contribute to lowering levels of cortisol, the main stress hormone. In addition, they have similar effects on the body to GABA. As a result, they relieve tension and promote relaxation. Individuals with report that regular use of ashwagandha extracts helps stop racing thoughts, beneficially influences sleep quality and reduces the incidence of nocturnal awakenings.
Improved mental well-being
Scientists have identified several mechanisms of action of ashwagandha which may have a beneficial impact on mood. Its adaptogenic effects, which were discussed before, have a huge role. Higher resistance to unfavourable conditions, efficient management of daily stressors and night-time recovery usually automatically lead to better mental well-being.
Bioactive substances found in the plant’s root have been shown to increase the sensitivity of 5-HT serotonin receptors. Because of that, serotonin has stronger effects, even when its levels in the body stay the same. We should remember that this neurotransmitter is largely responsible for feelings of happiness and satisfaction.
Strengthened memory and cognitive functions
Stress does not only have negative effects on mental well-being. It also often causes problems with memory and focus, impairs cognitive functions and decreases intellectual performance. Ashwagandha extracts are excellent in such situations.
Ashwagandha may be helpful for the elderly with natural, age-related impairment of mental health. Studies have also shown that it contains compounds which inhibit the activity of acetylcholinesterase – an enzyme degrading acetylcholine that is critical to good memory. Furthermore, ashwangandha extracts have been found to protect neurons against toxic effects of amyloid beta, which has a major role in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease.
To sum up, Planetary Herbals Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) Liquid Herbal Extract provides natural support for the body exposed to stressors. The supplement is recommended especially to individuals who experience poorer mental and physical health due to prolonged stress, suffer from sleep disorders and have a weakened immune system.
Measure the proper dose (100 drops, i.e. around 1/2 teaspoon) with the dropper. You can mix the liquid with water and juice and drink it. Use 2 times daily, e.g. in the morning and evening.
The supplement should not be taken with any sedatives. What is more, it is recommended to have a break after a few months of regular supplementation or replace the supplement with another adaptogen.
Planetary Herbals – a manufacturer of top-quality health-promoting supplements based on substances of natural origin. Their products combine expertise gained from traditional medicine (mainly Ayurveda and Chinese herbology) with recent scientific discoveries. The high purity of Planetary Herbals preparations lets you fully benefit from the most efficient plants with the use of absolutely safe supplements.
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Grain alcohol (50%), purified water, vegetable glycerin, and natural lemon flavor.
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