1. Ashwagandha can help you sleep better

    Sleep better with this safe herbal remedy

    Sleep disorders are so common that there are really only two kinds of people in the country: those who have trouble sleeping, and those who haven't had trouble sleeping yet.

    As you get older, it's almost bound to happen. Right now, some 60 percent of American seniors are struggling to get the rest they need each night.

    Now, the latest research shows one way to finally catch all 40 winks so you can wake up feeling great again -- and it's not a drug.

    It's ashwagandha.

    It's a funny name, I know. Most Americans have never heard of this safe herbal remedy, but it's been used for centuries as part of India's highly-respected medical tradition.

    Once again, modern science is only just catching up... showing how a compound inside ashwagandha leaves known as triethylene glycol has the power to induce sleep.

    That's already good news, and that's certainly the part of the study that's getting attention... but it's not the only part that caught my eye.

    There's an even more important detail hidden in this study: The folks who took the ashwagandha not only got MORE sleep, but the sleep QUALITY was about the same as what you'd get from normal, natural sleep.

    That's something most sleep meds can't give you even when they "work" and knock you out. You might sleep LONGER... but studies show you probably won't sleep better.

    Many people feel downright lousy when they wake up, and some folks even report a terrible "hangover" feeling the morning after taking sleep meds.

    Ashwagandha does just the opposite, boosting non-rapid eye movement sleep, or the phase that includes "slow wave" a.k.a. "deep" sleep.

    That's what your body so desperately needs for proper rest and rejuvenation.

    While ashwagandha isn't one of the first therapies I recommend for sleep, it certainly doesn't surprise me that it works.

    I recommend it to my own patients to fight stress, ease tension, and promote relaxation -- all of which of course would help promote better sleep, especially if you're having your own battles with stress. (And these days, who isn't?)

    That said, for more common sleep struggles, I often suggest supplements of the "sleep hormone" melatonin as well as herbal remedies such as valerian, chamomile, and passionflower (which are often found together in supplement form or even as a relaxing tea).

    If you have ongoing sleep problems, however, don't just pop some supplements and call it a night.

    Those nighttime struggles could be a sign of a larger issue, including a hormonal imbalance, so get yourself checked out by a holistic medical doctor.

    I'll have one more tip on getting better sleep coming up later today.

    Keep an eye on your inbox!

  2. Ashwagandha improves knee pain

    Ease knee pain with this ancient therapy

    Nothing can put a damper on your day quite like knee pain.

    You might wake up with the best of intentions – like making sure those Christmas decorations come down nice and early this year – but once those hinges start creaking, all bets are off.

    If your knees are like this every day, those decorations might have to stay up 'til next Christmas!

    But you don't have to be "that neighbor" who still has his lights up in July.

    There are safe and natural ways to cut the pain so you can get back to taking care of business, and the latest research spots one more.

    It's called ashwagandha, and it's a natural therapy that's been used for centuries in India's highly-respected Ayurvedic medical tradition.

    I know those are some pretty funny-looking words... but when it comes to beating knee pain, it's no laughing matter.

    In the study, folks with an average age of 58 were given either a placebo or one of two doses of ashwagandha per day.

    Those who got the supplements saw a world of difference, with the benefits starting to kick in within just four weeks!

    And by the end of the 12-week study, patients given the higher dose of 250 mg twice a day had TRIPLE the benefits of folks given a placebo!

    The folks given the supplements scored better on a scale your own doctor probably uses to check pain, stiffness and overall function, called WOMAC. They also had less pain, swelling, stiffness, and disability when compared to patients given the placebo.

    It's not clear exactly how ashwagandha can ease pain and improve function, but this stuff is well-recognized as an "adaptogen" that can fill a number of roles in the body as needed.

    But one of the things it's known for best is fighting stress.

    Stress isn't just a vague feeling. There's a physiological response inside your body as your adrenal glands pump out stress hormones such as cortisol.

    Too much (or in some cases, too little) cortisol can lead to anxiety, low energy, inflammation, and PAIN.

    Since ashwagandha helps to regulate cortisol levels, it can help balance out all those conditions so you can enjoy more energy, less anxiety, and – as the new study shows – less pain.

    The other thing ashwagandha is known for is supporting the adrenal glands, helping to boost energy as it fights stress... especially if you're suffering from adrenal fatigue.

    I've recommended ashwagandha to my own patients for exactly that, and I've even put it at the heart of my groundbreaking adrenal support formula, Adrenal Performance Plus.

    You can learn more about it right here.

  3. Ashwagandha slows cellular aging

    Ashwagandha, a time-tested Indian herbal remedy, can slow aging inside your cells.
  4. Ashwagandha can help you lose weight

    Ashwagandha, a natural stress-buster, can help you lose weight faster by stopping the cravings that doom so many diets.
  5. Ashwagandha can boost that ever-elusive satisfaction in women

    Ashwagandha, an herbal remedy used in India since ancient times, can help women in the bedroom, improving sexual function and satisfaction.
  6. The ancient cure for stress and anxiety

    Ashwagandha, an ancient herbal remedy, can ease stress, anxiety and more, according to new research.
  7. Herbs fight the fatigue of overworked adrenal glands

    Stressed adrenal glands can make you feel tired, but energizing herbs like ashwagandha can help give you an energy boost.

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