The Natural Path
The great Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha has been shown to be a valuable herb for athletes and active people who work out. It has been shown to significantly improve strength and increase muscle size.
The endothelial wall is a layer of cells that lines the inside of the heart and blood vessels. It is not as much talked about for heart health as cholesterol and blood pressure, but it is just as important. If the endothelial wall gets damaged, cholesterol can be deposited on it and plaque can develop. This process can lead to blocked arteries and atherosclerosis. The endothelial wall plays a key role in maintaining healthy blood vessel tone and structure.
Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) is a measure of endothelial dysfunction and blood vessel. It is an important indicator of early stage atherosclerosis. Each 1% increase in FMD translates into a 13% reduction in the risk of suffering a cardiovascular event.
This huge study was conducted in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and the UK. It included 92,163 people who had been admitted to hospital for heart failure and matched them with 8,246,403 controls. The researchers wanted to see if there was an association between using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and being admitted to the hospital for heart failure. NSAIDs are very commonly used as painkillers and for fever. The study looked at 23 traditional NSAIDs and 4 of the newer COX 2 inhibitors. What they found is serious. . . .
More than half of people with coronary artery disease have low levels of the heart healthy HDL cholesterol.
In 2007, the first hint emerged that probiotics could affect not only physical health, but psychological health. A study arrived at the shocking conclusion that people with depression had significantly greater improvement in mood on a probiotic than on a placebo (Eur J Clin Nutr 2007;61:355-61).
One theory about food allergies is that when you first introduce an allergenic food to an infant’s diet may affect the risk of whether your infant will develop the allergy. So, researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies of timing of the introduction of allergenic foods.
In our book, Sex & Fertility: Natural Solutions, we describe the herb ashwgandha as a herb that “helps to restore sexual chi, or energy . . . . [that] is used for reduced levels of energy, including sexual energy, nervous tension, stress and anxiety.” We say that it is “especially useful for sexual problems that are related to nervous tension.” In the Ayurvedic tradition of healing, ashwagandha is used as an aphrodisiac.