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.

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  2. Ashwagandha slows cellular aging

    Put the brakes on cell death with this ancient root extract

    Is it REALLY going to be 2017 in just a few weeks?

    Not long ago, that sounded like a year straight out of science fiction. Now, we're living in it (and still waiting for our jet-packs).

    I can't do anything about the pages on your calendar. But I can do something about another sign of aging -- one you can't see, but is far more important.

    Scientists may have uncovered one of the secrets to slowing or even stopping the aging process cold where it matters most: deep inside your body, inside your very DNA.

    And amazingly, this cutting-edge study finds that the answer may be found in an herbal remedy that's been used since ancient times in India.

    It's called ashwagandha, and it plays a key role in the Ayurvedic medical tradition.

    Clearly, those folks knew what they were doing way back when, because this new study finds ashwagandha might have the power to protect your telomeres.

    Telomeres are like little caps that sit on the ends of each DNA strand. Every time the cell divides, the telomere shrinks just a little -- and when it shrinks too much, the cell dies.

    When too many cells die off, you've got problems. As a result, the shorter your telomeres, the higher your risk of just about all the conditions of aging: heart problems, dementia, cancer, and even death itself.

    The link is so strong that telomere research is at the cutting edge of mainstream medicine, with scientists desperately looking for tricks that can stop the shrink and extend the life of the cell.

    When those cells live longer, you could live longer too.

    The study finds that ashwagandha root extract can enhance an enzyme called telomerase, which acts as a speed governor on telomere shrink.

    The more telomerase activity you have, the slower the telomere shrink.

    In the new study, ashwagandha root extract boosted telomerase activity by a stunning 45 percent.

    This was a lab study, not research on humans.

    But ashwagandha is pretty powerful stuff -- so much so that I already recommend it to my own patients for any number of reasons as it can fight stress, protect your adrenal glands, improve energy, boost testosterone in men, and even help you to lose weight.

    If it can protect telomeres, too, that's just the icing on the cake!

    If you want to know more about your own telomeres, I can run a test to check on them here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The ancient cure for stress and anxiety

    Ashwagandha, an ancient herbal remedy, can ease stress, anxiety and more, according to new research.

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