Traditional Research on Ashwagandha for Cognitive Support
In Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system from India, Ashwagandha is revered as a top Rasayana, which are a special class of substances that promote longevity, happiness, and strengthen the mind and memory. The name Ashwagandha translates as ‘smell of horse’ and relates to the smell of ashwagandha root. Ingesting this herb is said to confer the strength and virility of a horse. (1)
It is said that use of Ashwagandha can be traced back as far as 3,000 years ago. Kids, adults, and the elderly used this herb as a tonic for general health. The specific benefits traditionally associated with ashwagandha are restoring energy and sexual vitality, balancing the nervous system, preventing debility in old age and emaciation in children, and even promoting better sleep. (2)
In terms of the specific ashwagandha powder dosage for cognitive support, the typical recommended dose is 600 to 1,000 mg. taken twice daily (3). Traditional wisdom recommends taking it with food such as a glass of warm milk.
Clinical Research on Ashwagandha for Cognitive Support
Below are three particularly striking reviews and studies that were done with ashwagandha for brain support, memory, and the prevention of degradation of neurons.
Over three thousand years of use of this powerful adaptogenic herb for mental health, coupled with modern research on ashwagandha for cognitive support, point to the fact of why this herb is considered one of the top herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and is quickly becoming one of the top herbs in Naturopathic care.
We can see from traditional and modern sources that the ashwagandha powder dosage depends on if you are taking the whole root powder or an extract. For whole powders try 1,200 to 2,000 mg a day and for extracts try 500 – 1,000 mg a day. As with any herb though, start with a small dose and increase from there.
Whether you or your clients are looking to support cognitive function, ashwagandha root powder should be considered at the top of your list of natural substances to try!
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