Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera), also known as ‘Indian ginseng’, ‘Winter cherry’ and the ‘Queen of Ayurveda’, ashwaganda is highly valued in Ayurvedic medicine as an adaptogen that aids memory and cognition and acts as a remedy against stress, nervous exhaustion, insomnia, aging and neurodegenerative conditions. The name Ashwagandha, which means ‘odour of the horse’ in Sanskit, originates from the smell of the roots which resembles a sweaty horse. Ashwaganda has been shown to increase stamina and reduce adrenal exhaustion, enhance memory and reverse the neuronal effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as protect against environmental neurotoxins.
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