Q.How does ashwagandha work to relieve stress?
A. Scientists note that stress results to the increase in the body lipids’ rate of peroxidation and a decrease in the body’s level of antioxidants. To combat the damage that such oxidation brings, the body needs a rich source of antioxidants. Ashwagandha’s high level of antioxidants can effectively fight off the results of stress by decreasing the levels of cortisol and blood pressure in the body.
Q. Are there studies that prove the efficacy of Ashwagandha in addressing degenerative diseases?
A. Although conclusive evidence on the efficacy of Ashwagandha is yet to be announced, several studies have already shown promising results on the herb’s potency against degenerative disease. For example, a study on a standardized model for Parkinson’s disease reveals that ashwagandha can reverse the degenerative effects of the disease by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme which breaks down the brain’s main messengers.
Q. How can ashwagandha prevent cancer?
A. Ashwagandha can prevent cancer by preventing cancer cells from reproducing and creating blood vessels where they can reproduce without restraint. Those who already have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy sessions also find that regular doses of ashwagandha can increase the number of white blood cells in their system. Such increase in white blood cells therefore protects the person from infection—a medical problem that is most likely for those whose immune systems have been weakened by constant exposure to radiation.