Ashwagandha in action

Ashwagandha is a powerhouse of an herb for its ability to reduce stress and enhance cognition. The name means “the smell of a horse” in Sanskrit, which may not be pleasing to the senses, but it also means “to deliver the vigor and strength of a stallion”.1   A powerhorse, if you will!

Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine, for its restorative and rejuvenating powers. It has also been used in African medicine for general wellness. While the leaves and fruit of the ashwagandha have traditionally been consumed for their therapeutic properties, the root of the plant is most commonly used.

Ashwagandha as an adaptogen

Studies have shown the adaptogenic properties of ashwagandha; that is, its potential to help  the body adapt to stress.

Ashwagandha increased the stamina of rats during swimming endurance tests and prevented adrenal gland changes of ascorbic acid and cortisol content produced by swimming stress.2  Cortisol is the hormone released in response to stress.

In a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, the serum cortisol levels were tested in 64 individuals with a history of stress. One group received a placebo and the other received 300mg ashwagandha for 60 days. The group taking ashwagandha had a significant reduction in scores on all the stress-assessment scales.3

Ashwagandha as a cognition enhancer

Studies have shown that ashwagandha enhances cognition.

In a study in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, 50 adults were given either a placebo or 300mg of ashwagandha twice a day for eight weeks. The group taking ashwagandha showed significant improvements in general memory versus the placebo group, as well as improvements in executive function, attention and information processing speed.4

In a similar study, healthy men took 500mg of ashwagandha daily and reported significant improvements in their reaction time and task performance, compared to men who received a placebo.5

ENERGY by PURE

Naturally refresh your mind and enhance your focus with ENERGY, a CORE4 product. Ashwagandha is an ingredient in the PURE Adrenal Health Blend included in ENERGY.  It naturally energizes without the sugar, preservatives and artificial coloring or sweeteners of other energy drinks on the market.

ENERGY:

  • Coverts food into fuel with B-vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, B6 and B12
  • Stimulates alertness*
  • Enhances cognitive performance*
  • Eases fatigue*
  • Promotes wakefulness*

ENERGY is available in five delicious flavors: Island Splash™, Lemon, Watermelon, Mixed Berry and Grape. Or, get the Variety Pack if you have a hard time deciding like options, or you like to mix your flavors together. ENERGY is available in a tub or convenient stick packs that travel wherever you go.

Always consult your healthcare provider before taking dietary supplements.

 

 

1 https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-953/ashwagandha

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/

3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573577/

4 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19390211.2017.1284970

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24497737

Combat occasional constipation with cascara sagrada*

The herb cascara sagrada has a unique name and an equally unique purpose. It comes from the dried bark of the California buckthorn tree and means “sacred bark” in Spanish. Historically, the dried bark was used by Native Americans to make medicine.1

Today, the herb is used in supplements to help relieve occasional constipation. Some people use it as a “bitter tonic,” or tea. In foods and beverages, an extract of cascara is sometimes used as a flavoring agent.2

The bark of cascara contains phytochemicals called anthraquinones that stimulate the large intestine promoting movement of the bowel. These phytochemicals react with bacteria in the intestines causing muscle contractions that help move stool through the bowels.

Healthy bowels and weight loss

Detoxing the body is key to weight loss. Toxins enter the body from the environment, household products, stress, and more. These toxins are lipid soluble, meaning they are attracted to the lipids (or fats) in our cells where they stay for years and disrupt our daily functions. The good thing is that the body has ways to naturally eliminate these toxins through perspiration, urinating, and our bowels. This should give us all more reason to promote regular bowel movements.

HealthTrim® Cleanse by PURE

Cascara sagrada is the main ingredient in HealthTrim Cleanse — a vegan, non-fasting detox that gently and naturally eliminates toxins from the body. It is an all-natural, proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals formulated to provide gentle relief of occasional constipation.* It also promotes digestive health and weight loss and is one of the products in our Core 4 group of products that help set the stage for optimal wellness.

What is the difference between HealthTrim Cleanse Liquid and Capsule? Both are similar formulations and will act the same way when taken as directed. Both products boast an impressive list of ingredients and share many in common.

Ingredients in both: Cascara sagrada, milk thistle, artichoke, basil, cayenne, clove, dandelion, gentian, ginger, licorice, red clover, slippery elm, uva ursi

Ingredients in HealthTrim Cleanse Capsules only: Psyllium fiber, alfalfa grass juice, boldo, cat’s claw (an herb), corn silk, fennel, hawthorn berry, long pepper, mullein leaf, red raspberry, spearmint

Ingredients in HealthTrim Cleanse Liquid only: Aloe vera, cilantro, astragalus, black walnut hull, burdock, turmeric, garlic, green tea, oregano oil, wasabi, yellow dock

How is it taken? Every two months, HealthTrim Cleanse can be used in a 10-day cycle as needed for occasional constipation and elimination, unless you are under medical supervision. Take up to two servings a day for seven days. Starting on Day 4 and proceeding through Day 10, take Probiotic two servings twice daily on an empty stomach.

You may choose to take HealthTrim Cleanse Capsule or Liquid or a half dose of both.  Experimentation may help determine which product your body responds to the best. Each person may respond differently; therefore, be sure to monitor how you feel and work with your healthcare provider to adjust these recommendations as needed.

Add exercise, a diet that includes more fiber and more water to your regimen while also reducing stress, and you’ll be on your way to regular. For longer, more persistent constipation, please consult your healthcare provider.

1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamnus_purshiana

2https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/773.html

 

 

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Acai berry

Similar in shape and size to the blueberry, the acai berry, pronounced ah-sigh-EE, is believed to have many health benefits. The fruit comes from the acai palm which is native to the rainforests of Central and South America. It has a large seed inside; only the outermost layers are edible.

Acai berries contain more antioxidants than other edible berries. They also are high in fiber and heart-healthy fats. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed the body’s ability to absorb acai berry antioxidants, rather than eliminate them. This is important because certain vitamins, like vitamin C, can only be absorbed so much at one time.1

Rich in fatty acids, sterols and phytochemicals

Acai berries are also rich in fatty acids, especially oleic, palmitic and linoleic acids. They contain 19 amino acids, as well as several sterols. Sterols occur naturally in grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds and have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties. They can slightly lower the absorption of fat-soluble compounds.2

That’s not all! Acai berries contain body-beneficial phytochemicals, which have potent antioxidant activities.2 Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants and are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and grains.

PURE Acai Superfruit juice

PURE Acai Superfruit juice contains the whole berry, including the skin and fruit pulp. It is 100% natural, not diluted with other juices and has no added sugar. Acai has the added benefits of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, necessary for proper structure and function of every cell in the body. Research shows they may benefit heart health and play a crucial role in brain function, growth and development.*

  • Antioxidant powerhouse: Acai is considered a superfruit due to its high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are important because they protect the body from free radicals. Antioxidants are also important in the fight against aging and are commonly used in beauty products; therefore, acai is known by some as the “beauty berry.”
  • Anthocyanins: The deep purple pigment is high in anthocyanins, a powerful class of phytonutrients – the nutritious components of plants – that function as antioxidants.
  • Full of good fats: Acai berries naturally provide omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 which are essential for good health.
    • Omega-3s may be beneficial for the heart.*
    • Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-9 (oleic acid) may help maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range.*

Ways to incorporate Acai Superfruit into your daily routine:

  • Enjoy it plain
  • Dilute it by combining it with water
  • Add a splash to coffee or hot/cold tea
  • Create an acai smoothie and add some Mila for protein
  • Make a salad dressing
  • Add it to popsicles in the summertime
  • Use it to make a marinade for chicken
  • Mix it with other Superfruit juices
  • Mix it with plain yogurt
  • Find PURE recipes using Acai at http://livepure.com/recipes.

Get your daily dose of healthy antioxidants with Acai Superfruit.

How do you like your Acai? Share with us in the comments.

1 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf8001608

2 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305576.php?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_ medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Medical_News_Today_TrendMD_1