By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
February 7, 2018
- Does a poor mood and bad memory have you off your game?
- Discover the ancient medicinal herb that boosts memory and brain function
- Shake off the stress and anxiety of every day life
Among all of the health concerns I hear among my patients, there are several non-specific complaints that appear to crop up more frequently than others. They may sound familiar to you…
- “My memory isn’t what it used to be.”
- “I’m not as happy and energetic as I was just a few years ago.”
- “I feel old, tired and cranky.”
You might think that these changes in mental status are just something you have to live with. But there is nothing further from the truth.
While there are many things that can affect your mental health and brain function, today I want to zero in on an amazing herb that may be able to give a giant boost to both your memory and your mood.
Ancient Medicinal Herb Boosts Memory and Brain Function
There is an ancient medicinal herb that has extremely powerful properties. In the world of Ayurvedic medicine, it’s known as a nerve tonic and memory enhancer.
This is a great way to describe ashwagandha, an herb that works by correcting imbalances within the body. It basically normalizes physical and mental functions that have been disturbed by chronic stress.
And here’s a wonderful surprise for you. This herb can help improve your brain power in as little as eight weeks.
Here’s a perfect example of what it can do.
When people with mild cognitive impairment took 300 mg of ashwagandha twice a day, they were able to considerably improve their brain function. The herb enhanced both immediate recall and general memory. It also sharpened executive function, attention span and mental processing speed.
This makes ashwagandha an impressive tool when it comes to boosting memory, concentration and thinking skills. Better yet, this herb may also fight against some of the most common causes of dementia today.
You’ve probably heard of beta amyloid. It’s the sticky protein that creates brain plaques linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Well it turns out that ashwagandha has the potential to neutralize the toxic effects of beta amyloid deposits.
Ashwagandha also appears to boost acetylcholine activity. This is a brain neurotransmitter required for proper memory, brain function and motor control. Today there are a lot of every day medications that greatly reduce levels of this neurotransmitter. When that it occurs, it increases your chances of dementia.
On the plus side, ashwagandha appears to block the enzyme that breaks acetylcholine down. This blocking activity may increase both the level and the action of acetylcholine in your brain to help keep it firing on all cylinders.
But that’s not all that this ancient herb can do for your mental health.
Shake off the Stress and Anxiety of Every Day Life
In addition to boosting your memory and helping your brain work faster, ashwagandha is an excellent mood stabilizer. This is especially true for people who feel run-down and out-of-sorts due to high stress and anxiety levels.
In fact, taking 250 mg daily over six weeks can slash anxiety symptoms by about 63%. And I’m not just talking about cooling down those racing thoughts, headaches and bunched up neck muscles that so frequently accompany stress and anxiety.
The herb also helps to erase feelings of fatigue, reduce symptoms of irritability and improve quality of sleep that can be side effects of stress. (Many of these positive results are likely due to ashwagandha’s ability to lower levels of your stress hormone, cortisol.
I don’t know about you, but I do just about everything I can to make sure that the pressures of the day don’t get the best of me. And it’s not always easy. So I’m glad that I have this “go-to” herb at my fingertips to help counteract the negative effects of stress, worry and anxiety that all of us deal with… every single day of our lives.
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