Ashwagandha protects against neurological disorders including Parkinson's Alzheimer's Huntington's and anxiety

Neurological diseases affect the brain, nerves and spinal cord. This ancient herb might protect you from them.

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb that has been used in India’s Ayurvedic system of medicine for over 2,500 year. It has traditionally been used as a vitalizer, or adaptogen, that rejuvenates the body and increases strength, vigour and stamina.

In modern times, ashwagandha has been shown to improve sexual function, including improving sperm count and motility, muscle mass and body strength, diabetes and heart disease and osteoarthritis. Perhaps the most exciting recent research on ashwagandha has been on its remarkable benefits in mental health, including OCD, schizophrenia and, especially, anxiety and insomnia.

New research is expanding the potential benefits of ashwagandha to neurological conditions. A recent review extensively searched the literature and found that ashwagandha is capable of protecting against and improving several neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington disease, tardive dyskinesia, stroke and anxiety.

This new review pads the already exciting resume of this ancient herb for modern times.

Curr Drug Metab 2021 Feb 3. doi:10.2174/1389200222666210203182716

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