Sensoril® standardized Ashwagandha extract is an increasingly popular nutraceutical ingredient in the area of cognitive wellness. Multi-patented Sensoril® is derived from Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), a nutrient-rich botanical that has a long history of use as a mental cognition enhancer in Ayurvedic medicine. With its adaptogenic properties that help balance and normalize body processes, Ashwagandha is now available as a dietary supplement for those seeking to benefit from its multifunctional properties, especially in the area of cognitive function. Chronic stress, aging, and other factors bring about profound deleterious effects on brain function, leading to impaired quality of life for an increasingly broad segment of the population. With its unique bioactive components, Ashwagandha helps enhance concentration, memory, and the ability to think more clearly by improving the overall health of neurons as well as communication between neurons in the brain.
Ashwagandha Helps Regulate Levels of Neurotransmitters that are Essential for Proper Brain Function
Boosting neurotransmitter levels in the brain is an important way to enhance cognitive function. Neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine play a critical role in brain health by facilitating communication between neurons, especially in areas of the brain associated with concentration and memory. Normally, acetylcholine levels are maintained at healthy, balanced levels in the body but as we age or are subjected to chronic stress, the enzyme acetylcholinesterase may degrade acetylcholine rapidly until it is below critical levels required for optimum brain function. Ashwagandha contains glycowithanolide bioactives that research has shown can inhibit acetylcholinesterase activity, leading to higher neurotransmitter levels and greater brain activity.
Cortisol-Related Cognitive Dysfunction is Reduced by Ashwagandha
Cortisol is a hormone found at higher levels in the body when we are stressed and also as we age. Cortisol can produce widespread deleterious effects on brain health. It negatively impacts the amount and type of neural connections in the brain and can cause degeneration of parts of the brain associated with concentration, focus, and memory. Many people have experienced the harmful effects of stress and cortisol on brain function. For example, we all know how difficult it can be to remember people’s names or where the car keys are located when we are stressed. In addition, dehyroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an important anti-aging hormone that protects the brain against the harmful effects of cortisol but it can decrease in concentration when we are stressed and as we age. With its adaptogenic properties that bring about greater balance and homeostasis, Ashwagandha helps lower cortisol levels and helps raise DHEA levels in the body. By doing so, it can help promote greater mental cognition through improved brain function.
Sensoril® Ashwagandha Extract is Clinically Tested to Enhance Cognitive Function
The ability of Ashwagandha to help improve cognitive function was demonstrated in a human study involving the Ashwagandha standardized extract, Sensoril®. In a “Gold Standard” randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, ingestion of Sensoril® at the recommended dosage of 125 mg twice daily led to a significant reduction in inability to concentrate (by 75.8%) and forgetfulness (by 57.1%). Associated with these subjective measures of mental cognition were a significant decrease in the level of serum cortisol (reduced by 24.2%) and a significant increase in the level of serum DHEA (by 32.2%). These results provide further evidence that Ashwagandha helps improve many factors associated with greater cognitive function, especially when it is consumed in a more concentrated, standardized extract form, such as Sensoril® nutraceutical ingredient. For this reason, marketers looking to develop superior dietary supplements in the area of mental cognition often choose Sensoril® for their formulating needs.