Thursday, December 9, 2010

Guggul stimulates thyroid hormone production

Guggul is used in several herbal weight loss formulas. One of the reasons is that Guggul has been shown in research studies to significantly stimulate the thyroid by increasing production of thyroid hormones.
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Guggul extract consisting of guggul lipid and guggulsterones was administered to mice for 15 days. There was significantly increased serum triiodothyronine (T3) and significantly decreased hepatic lipid peroxidation. Thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are the two important hormones produced by the thyroid and their healthy ratio is key to maintaining normal thyroid function. The T3/T4 ratio in normal thyroid function is 15.89, in Hypothyroidism it is 24.12 and in hyperthyroidism it is 19.5.

Thyroid hormones are necessary for the utilization of carbohydrates, protein synthesis and breakdown of lipids. Metabolism is affected by thyroid hormone levels and improved metabolism helps the body to burn fat and utilize calories effectively. The ability of guggul to regulate lipids may be related to its thyroid stimulating functions.

When combined with some thyroid medications, Z-guggulsterone increased the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland as well as oxygen uptake in the liver and bicep tissues. Gugulipid significantly reduces the bioavailability of the drugs Propranolol and Diltiazem and should not be taken by those who are on these drugs. Guggul may increase the effects of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and warfarin.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ashvagandha herb Withania somnifera

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Ashvagandha herb has been praised extensively in ancient ayurvedic Sanskrit texts. It is considered an excellent health tonic for all ages, an aphrodisiac and enhancer of fertility in men and women, an anti-inflammatory for rheumatism and arthritis, a mild laxative, a stress reliever and above all an anti-oxidant and rejuvenator.

Sometimes also referred to as Indian ginseng, Ashvagandha is considered an adaptogen and rasayana as it helps improve endurance, strength and stamina.
The word Ashvagandha is Sanskrit for smelling like a horse due to its odor.
Ashvagandha's primary benefit as described in Ayurveda is as an aphrodisiac. However research shows that it is also excellent as a stress reducer and beneficial in conditions of anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Ashvagandha's latin name Withania somnifera refers to its relaxing, sleep inducing properties. It not only helps to relax but also helps the body to adapt to stress by rejuvenating and the overall nervous system without stimulating it. This in turn helps to build the body's immune system and helps it to heal on a cellular level.

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