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(2.5% Concentrated L. Alkaloids)
In vitro studies suggest Ashwagandha may reduce growth of breast, central nervous
system, colon, and lung cancer cells without inducing cell death in normal cells. In
addition, animal studies suggest Ashwagandha has antitumor, immunomodulatory,
antioxidant, and anti-stress properties. The herb may also help prevent chemotherapy-
induced neutropenia. However, the effects of Ashwagandha in cancer patients have yet
to be determined.
Ashwagandha has been found to be rich in iron. Small scale human studies suggest
ashwagandha may promote growth in children and improve hemoglobin level, red blood
cell count, and sexual performance in adults. In addition, an herbomineral formula
containing Ashwagandha was shown to benefit osteoarthritis in a clinical trial.
Scholars at Banaras Hindu University, India, have conducted research that has
shown that many of the elements of ashwagandha are antioxidants. The researchers
looked at the effects these elements have on the brains of test animals and found that
Ashwagandha led to larger amounts of three different natural antioxidants: superoxide
dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. The scholars conclude, “These
findings are consistent with the therapeutic use of W. somnifera as an health promoter.
The antioxidant effect of active principles of W. somnifera may explain, at least in part,
the reported anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects
produced by them in experimental animals, and in clinical situations." For years,
Indians have prescribed ashwagandha as a treatment for cerebral disorders in the
elderly, including memory loss.