Ashwagandha enhances memory and improves cognition

Research has found that ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an effective way to enhance memory and improve cognition. The study, which was published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, looked at the safety and efficacy of ashwagandha in boosting memory and cognitive function in adults with mild cognitive impairment.

  • Cognitive decline is often linked to the aging process, and ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine as a memory and cognitive enhancer.
  • For the study, researchers from the Indian Red Cross Society and the NHSM Knowledge Campus in India recruited 50 adults with mild cognitive impairment.
  • They gave the participants either 300 milligrams (mg) of ashwagandha root extract or placebo twice a day for eight weeks.
  • The researchers then conducted various memory and cognitive tests.
  • The results revealed that those who received the ashwagandha root extract exhibited significant improvements in both immediate and general memory compared to those who received the placebo.
  • In addition, they exhibited greater improvements in executive function, sustained attention, and information-processing speed.

In conclusion, the findings of the study suggest that ashwagandha is effective in enhancing immediate and general memory, and improving executive function, sustained attention, and information-processing speed in people with mild cognitive impairment.

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Journal Reference:

Choudhary D, Bhattacharyya S, Bose S. EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF ASHWAGANDHA (WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (L.) DUNAL) ROOT EXTRACT IN IMPROVING MEMORY AND COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS. Journal of Dietary Supplements. 21 Feb 2017; 14(6): 599-612. DOI: 10.1080/19390211.2017.1284970

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