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Ashwagandha root extract may improve memory

Institute of Pharmacological Technology


Compared to a placebo, adults supplemented with ashwagandha root extract had improved memory test scores, researchers in India found. Ashwagandha root has been a part of the medicinal traditions of Ayurveda as a memory aid, wrote researchers of a study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements. In this current study, the researchers conducted what they claimed to be the first trial that looked at “the clinical impact of ashwagandha on the cognitive deficits seen in mild cognitive impairment.” The study was conducted over eight weeks using a random-assignment, parallel-group, double-blind, placebo-controlled design. To be included in the study, participants had to be aged 35 or older, have subjective symptoms of memory impairment, a previous diagnosis of early dementia or a score a certain amount in a mini-mental state examination, and the ability and willingness to provide informed consent. The ashwagandha root extract used in this study delivered in capsule form containing 300 mg of the aqueous extract. Study outcomes revealed that the ashwagandha group fared significantly better than baseline and the placebo group participants in terms of immediate and general memory test scores. There was also a great uptick in executive function, sustained attention, and information-processing speed.