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An Ashwagandha Root

And Leaf Extract

Shows Cognitive Benefits For People With

Bipolar Disorder ~

Daily consumption of a standardized Ashwagandha root and leaf extract may improve several areas of cognitive dysfunction in bipolar patients.

Since antiquity, Ayurvedic physicians (the ancient medical system of India) have used Ashwagandha as a rejuvenating medicinal herbal tonic, and the modern world has embraced its wide-ranging health benefits, which include supporting stress, cognitive function, sleep, metabolic wellness, adrenal function, sports performance and more. According to a recent study conducted at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, daily treatment with a standardized proprietary extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) leaf and root helped to improve several areas of cognitive impairment in patients with bipolar dysfunction. The study involved sixty subjects with bipolar disorder who received either the Ashwagandha proprietary extract or placebo over an eight week intervention. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, indicated that those who were treated with the Ashwagandha extract displayed significantly greater benefits and improvement in three cognitive tasks associated with bipolar disorder, compared to placebo. A category of chemicals known as withanolides are generally associated with Ashwagandha’s health benefits, and the combination of root and leaf yields optimal concentrations of the desired active constituents found in the plant. Modern research and chemistry have identified several bioactive constituents in Ashwagandha that have significant cognitive enhancing benefits, namely the steroidal lactones which are known as glycowithanolides and sitoindosides. The scientists concluded that although results are preliminary, Ashwagandha appears to improve auditory-verbal working memory, a measure of reaction time and a measure of social cognition in bipolar disorder. Cognitive impairments contribute significantly to inadequate functional recovery following illness episodes in bipolar disorder, yet data on treatment interventions are sparse. Given the paucity of data for improving cognitive capacity in bipolar disorder, Ashwagandha not only offers promise, but appears to have a benign side-effects profile with a procognitive profile, and it merits further investigation. (In medicine a procognitive drug is one that reduces mental confusion, disorientation or delirium.)

Sources: National Institutes of Health and NutraIngredients

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Root And Leaf Extract Shows Cognitive Benefits For People With Bipolar Disorder ~

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Not To Worry: We have another Good Relaxation Technique for you to try: Place your arms down along the sides of your body. As you are inhaling deeply, stretch your arms up and out as if to form a “V” shape. Then exhale slowly through your mouth and bring your arms back down to your side. This is a stretching and breathing exercise at the same time. Repeat this as many times as comfortable each hour until you find relief. You’ll get more oxygen into your lungs and let out a little stress at the same time.


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Systolic Pressure (the top number) is the pressure in your arteries while your heart is pumping blood. Diastolic Pressure (the bottom number) is the pressure when your heart relaxes between beats. Want to Lower Your Blood Pressure readings? Optimal pressure is 120/80. Anything above 140/90 is too high. If you have heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems or another medical problem, your physician will want your pressure even lower, below 130/80. Cardiologists recommend a few tips: Calm Down: Improving mind-body balance improves blood pressure and may alleviate other health problems such as heart disease, anxiety, asthma and colitis. Anything that calms your nervous system can help drop pressure, including psychological counseling, yoga, breathing exercises and meditation. One university study found that patients who practiced meditation for stress relief experienced a 5 mmHg drop in systolic pressure and a 2 mmHg drop in diastolic pressure. Cook ‘Slow’ Food: Prepared convenience foods and restaurant meals are among the top sources of blood pressure-raising sodium. Other salt-rich foods include bread, cold cuts, pizza, soup and sandwiches. Move more: Aim for 30 minutes of activity each day. If you Exercise and Lose Weight, your pressure may even normalize, reducing, or even halting, your need for blood-pressure medication. Speak with your doctor about adding GARLIC extract to your diet.



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