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Hepatica Ashwagandha is a dietary supplement which contains a high-quality Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) extract standardised for the minimum content of 7% of vitanolids. The product shows anti-stress properties, improves mood, promotes regeneration of the body system and increases general body system capacity.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, is a plant originating from the subtropical climate of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Ashwagandha is also a basic raw material used in the Indian natural medicine, also called Ayurveda. The plant shows relaxing and antidepressant properties, stabilizes mood and strengthens the immune system.
Ashwagandha root – a source of bioactive substances
The rich composition of the Ashwagandha root determines its versatile applications. The raw material contains i.a. alkaloids and steroid lactones whose umbrella term is “vitanolids”. The presence of withaferin A and the range of other substances from the Ashwagandha root extract (e.g. vitanolids, saponins, glycosides, coumarin, phytosterols, minerals, choline and essential oils) result in high bioactivity of the plant.
Vitanolids are a group of compounds which are characterised by the highest pharmacological effect. The substances show anticancer, antibacterial and cytostatic properties as well as they calm down and stabilize blood pressure. They are believed to support the maintenance of hormonal balance. The best known compound from vitanolids group is withaferin A. The compound shows i.a. anticancer properties as it inhibits the Sp1 transcription factor which is responsible for telomerase activity in cancer cells and contributes to their immortality.
Ashwagandha as an adaptogen
It is commonly known that stress has destructive influence already on the cellular level, because it contributes to i.a. reduction in energy resources of cells which in turn leads to their weakening and damage as well as increases the risk of numerous diseases. Prolonged stress has negative influence not only on the neurohormonal system but also on such systems as immune, cardiovascular and digestive system.
Adaptogens belong to the substances of plant origin, which have beneficial influence on the nervous system; they increase adaptability of the body system, so that they reduce stress and counteract negative health consequences associated with stress. Adaptogens i.a. improve immunity, normalize physiological processes by affecting the neuroendocrine and immune system as well as they shows antioxidant properties.
It has been proven that Ashwagandha shows anti-stress properties and minimizes the unpleasant consequences of exposure to stressors. Moreover, the plant supports the regeneration of the body system after prolonged burden with both physical and intelectual activity as well as affects the reduction in cortisol level, which makes it useful for improving well-being and vitality as well as for reducing fatigue symptoms.
Protection of the cardiovascular system
It has been demonstrated that Ashwagandha extract, especially flavonoids and vitanolids contained in it, has a high antioxidant potential and contributes to the reduction of excessive free radicals. These properties support heart functions, normalize lipid profile and stabilize blood pressure, which makes the extract useful for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and slowing down aging processes.
It has been observed that Ashwagandha improves the functioning of the central nervous system. The plant promotes regeneration of axons and dendrites in nerve cells as well as stimulates the growth of both damaged and healthy brain cells. The plant is also believed to show properties which are responsible for the increase in the sensitivity of serotonin receptors which can affect mood improvement, increase in concentration and ability to memorise as well as reduction in symptoms associated with neurodegenerative processes.
To sum it all up, Hepatica Ashwagandha is a dietary supplement which effectively improves adaptation of the body system to changing conditions and stress factors, so that it has a wide application in the prevention of diseases of affluence.
The product is recommended especially for hard-working, exhausted people and those who have problems with sleeping, concentration and low ability to focus, which are caused by the prolonged or often exposure to stress.
According to scientific research, a dose of about 300 mg of Ashwagandha (1 capsule) is enough to effectively improve the immunity and adaptability of the body system, however in case of greater exposure to stress it is recommended to use larger doses, 600 mg (2 capsules).
Ashwagandha has sedative and soporific properties, which is why it is recommended to take it in the evening. In case of adaptogenic substances, it is worth to change the preparation after 2 months of use.
Hepatica is a young Polish producer dealing with the highest-class natural products. Its specialty is a range of plant preparations, devoid of unnecessary supporting substances. The quality of each of them results from proper selection of materials, high content of active substances, the dose adjusted to the needs and form of a given dietary supplement. The heart of the company is its founder, a renowned physiotherapist and co-founder of Nature Laboratory, SławekRasiński, who derives his inspiration and knowledge from around the World. Numerous travels and acquaintances with doctors and herbalists from all continents fruit, changing in dozens of unusual, effective and also often innovative preparations, on which a large board of analysis specialists work in the best prepared laboratories.
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Ashwagandha (Wythania somnifera / Indian ginseng) - a plant of the nightshade family, used in Oriental medicine as a means of adding vitality, improves the psychophysical condition. It is used as an aphrodisiac. The root of the plant is a rich source of bioactive compounds (phytosterols, glycosides, withanolides etc.). The sports supplementation, herbal preparations, a positive effect on the nervous system (reduces stress, and accelerates the adaptation to changing conditions psychophysical), hematopoietic and immune systems. It has a decisive influence on the process of synthesis of nitrogen oxides and the level of certain hormones, including testosterone (e.g. improving sexual functions).
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a component of the complex herbal supplements (as well as sets of adaptogens) increase the level of the male sex hormone (testosterone), supporting the sexual function of the body, supporting regeneration and having a calming effect.
Dosage: 300-600 mg of extract per day.
Withanolides - biologically active compounds belonging to the group of steroid lactones, occurring in some green plants. In supplementation they are perceived mainly as active substances of Withania somnifera, commonly called Ashwagandha. The percentage content of withanolides in Ashwagandha extracts is considered the indicator of the product’s quality - the higher the content, the more effective the supplement. In non-standardized extracts, the content of withanolides is estimated for 1% of dry muscle mass of Withania somnifera leaves.
Being the main active substances of Ashwagandha, withanolides are responsible for the majority of effects of its application. Regular supplementation with Withania somnifera extracts demonstrates adaptogen effect. It increases the organism’s tolerance to stress factors, holistically promoting the functions of the organism. It may decrease cortisol level in case of its excessively high concentrations, promote cognitive abilities and facilitate concentration. Supplementation with Ashwagandha also supports maintaining proper daily rhythm and is conducive to falling in a deep sleep.
Some sources also indicate that supplementation with Withania somnifera extracts positively influences the level of testosterone in the organism. Current research results indicate, however, that this effects of supplementation may be achieved only in people with initially excessively low secretion of the male sex hormone.
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