SCIENCE AND THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS
The Perfect Marriage
The ancient texts of Ayurveda were originally written by the “rishis”, or sages, almost 2500 years ago, and were incorporated into the Vedas, the bedrock of Hindu culture and philosophy. Over the centuries, Indian healers documented the benefits of nature’s bounty of foods and herbs, and Ayurveda developed into a comprehensive system of health and healing. Optimal physical well-being was viewed as an essential component on the path to spiritual awakening and the realization of one’s divine potential.
“If one way is better than another, you may be sure it is nature’s way.” - Aristotle
Over the millennia, Ayurvedic healers did not have the benefit of science and technology to establish medical knowledge. They utilized trial and error, observation and documentation, to catalog and formulate their system. Today, we have the combined benefit of both science and Ayurveda. We have a time-honored tradition, founded on millions of case observations, and we have the benefit of modern scientific disciplines and methods to verify utility, safety, and efficacy.
And the most beautiful thing about this marriage; both partners agree.
These strategically integrated components join forces to provide us with a host of potential health benefits:
Stress and anxiety relief
Physical and mental energy
Degenerative disease prevention
Healthy sexual energy
Immune system support
Improved joint function (arthritis)
Pain relief (anti-inflammatory)
Blood pressure support
Balances blood sugar
Cold and flu support
Anti-tumor, anti-cancer properties
Naturally awakens the senses and mind for cognitive function
Ashwagandha is known to help build strength and muscle mass
Ashwagandha was shown to reduce cortisol levels, the body’s ‘stress hormone’.
Curcumin helps decrease inflammation in the brain, a main physical cause of depression
Curcumin ameliorates cognitive decline and improves synaptic functions
BioPerine speeds metabolism and increases levels of dopamine and serotonin.
The Role of Plant-Based Medicines in the Modern World
Traditional Medicine, also known as indigenous or folk medicine, has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years. According to the World Health Organization, traditional medicine is defined as “the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness”. WHO goes on to define Herbal Medicine as a “system that includes herbs, herbal preparations, herbal materials, and finished herbal products that contain plant material as an active ingredient”.
Herbal medicines have been long-established and widely acknowledged for their safety and efficacy by cultures and national health authorities throughout the world. According to WHO, 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care needs. Today, they are commanding increased attention due to the application of scientific inquiry, which has validated a wealth of neutraceutical potential.
While there are many traditional systems in the world, the three dominant systems are “Traditional Chinese Medicine”, the “Unani Medicine” of Arab cultures, and “Ayurveda”, originating out of India.
In the U.S., Europe, and other developed societies, the terms “complementary medicine” and “alternative medicine” are used interchangeably with “traditional medicine”, when describing systems that not a part of the dominant, allopathic health care system. But in Asia, these traditional systems are the dominant health care systems and it is the allopathic medicines; pharmaceuticals that play the role of “complementary medicine”.
HISTORY + SCIENCE
Ashwagandha: The Adaptogen
Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, or winter cherry, is a small, perennial evergreen herb that grows about 2’ tall.
Both its roots and leaves are valued for their nutritional and healing properties. Ashwagandha literally translated from Sanskrit means, “the smell of a horse”. Early practitioners likened its smell to that of a horse, but also observed that its use provided one with the stamina of a horse.
Ashwagandha is an ‘adaptogen’, meaning that its use facilitates one’s ability to adapt to every-day stresses and the ups and downs of human life. In the West, we might refer to ashwagandha as a ‘tonic’, meaning that it affords a broad spectrum of health and nutritional benefits. In more technical terms, we would say that an adaptogen promotes the stabilization of physiological processes and the homeostasis of physiological systems.
Ashwagandha is one of the most scientifically studied herbs. In the National Institutes of Health database, there are over 2000 scientific articles that reference Ashwagandha. Of those 2000, over 400 focus directly on the medicinal properties and applications of ashwagandha and its phytochemical components. What is perhaps most encouraging is that the largest share of these articles involves various types of cancer research.
Ashwagandha contains a broad scope of active phytochemicals, mostly found in its roots, which include:
Alkaloids, including withanine, withananine, and beta-sisterol
Steroidal lactones, including withanolides
Phytosterols, including stigmasterol and beta-sitosterol
Flavonoids, including saponins, sitoindosides, and choline
Coumarins, including scopoletin and aesculetin
Essential oils, including ipuranol and withaniol
Studies supporting the benefits of Ashwagandha
In one important study, ashwagandha was shown to reduce cortisol levels, the body’s ‘stress hormone’.
Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands when the body experiences stress. Cortisol is important for maintaining proper health, but elevated levels of cortisol have been linked to various health problems, including:
- Imbalances in other hormonal secretions, including insulin (blood sugar)
- Interference with brain neurotransmitters, related to insomnia, anxiety, and moodiness
- Increases in blood pressure
- Increases in cholesterol levels
- Interference with immune function
Another study found that ashwagandha root extract lowered anxiety levels.
The test group showed significantly lower levels of anxiety, including:
- Lower levels of cortisol
- Scored lower on stress and anxiety tests
- Reported feeling more relaxed and calm
- Showed improved sleep
- Reported better over-all well-being and quality of life
- Reported better interaction with others
- Reported increased productivity
Increased muscle strength and mass
Improved sexual energy and function
Neurodegenerative disease protection
improves cognitive function
Many researchers have concluded that ashwagandha’s ability to improve cognitive function is related to its ability to increase a vital, ‘super’ anti-oxidant known as, glutathione. Glutathione is essential for healthy cell development and proper liver and blood detoxification processes.
prevent & treat some types of cancers
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TURMERIC, ASHWAGANDHA & BLACK PEPPER
"A Match Conceived in the Heavens"
Frequently Asked Questions and General Information
What is the difference between turmeric, turmeric extract, turmeric curcumin, and turmeric powder?
A. Turmeric is the name of the spice and the source of curcumin. Nutraceuticals are commonly produced in powdered extract forms.
Which is more potent, ashwagandha root, ashwagandha extract, or ashwagandha powder?
A. Ashwagandha powdered extract uses the plant’s active phytochemicals which are concentrated in the root.
If I’m buying ground, organic turmeric root powder, is it better to buy turmeric pills or turmeric capsules?
A. Turmeric supplements are available in both pills and capsules but capsules are the preferred product configuration because of their higher levels of absorption.
Is there a difference between turmeric with black pepper, turmeric with BioPerine, and turmeric curcumin with BioPerine?
A. No, they’re essentially the same except BioPerine is a patented, superior form of black pepper extract.
Does ashwagandha help increase testosterone?
A. Ashwagandha root powder has been shown to be associated with higher levels of testosterone.
Curcumin has one weakness which is its bioavailability. It is difficult to assimilate. It also has a short time window of activity, once assimilated.
Nariveda has added a patented black pepper extract, known as BioPerine® to its Ashwagandha/Curcumin combination because it is well-documented that black pepper extract increases curcumin’s absorption significantly. BioPerine also speeds metabolism, increases levels of dopamine and serotonin, and accelerates immune system responses.
For maximum benefit, the ideal way to take the product is three times daily, in the morning, afternoon, and evening.