Modern herbalists consider ashwagandha to be an adaptogen, an herb that helps the body adapt to physical and mental stress. It is used to provide “adrenal and immune support, for increasing resistance to environmental stressors and as a general tonic,” says Tori Hudson, ND, of the Institute of Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Sensoril is an ashwagandha extract standardized to contain high levels of the herb’s bioactive substances. These compounds include the glycowithanolides, which reduce levels of a key adrenal hormone called cortisol and have been found to act as antioxidants. In one study, 20 healthy men took either Sensoril or a placebo for two weeks; those in the Sensoril group showed sharper thinking skills and nimbler movements (Pharmacognosy Research 1/14).
Other botanicals and nutrients work with ashwagandha to support adrenal health. Various adaptogens—such as amla, rhodiola, Korean and American ginsengs, eleuthero and holy basil—help increase energy while decreasing inflammation. Simag, made from purified Mediterranean seawater, supplies magnesium in a form readily used by the adrenal glands. The amino acids L-tyrosine, L-serine and L-theanine supply the building blocks of adrenal enzymes while promoting calm. And CoQ10, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and betaine help fight harmful free radical activity.
You need fully functional adrenal glands to keep up with your busy life. Ashwagandha and other herbs and nutrients can help your adrenals stay strong.
This article is courtesy of Energy Times magazine.
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