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Withania Somnifera

* An anti-inflammatory * Also known as Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi, Ayamodakam in Malayalam and Samm Al Ferakh

Withania Somnifera is a plant-derived ingredient found in the roots of shrubs that grow primarily in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Very little research is available on this ingredient as it relates to cosmetics, anti-aging products, or personal care formulas, although it has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries, and is thought to treat symptoms of arthritis and other ailments when taken orally because of its anti-inflammatory properties (Wikipedia). It is marketed as a toner and anti-inflammatory skin ointment, and is though to have antioxidant properties, which may account for its use as an anti-aging ingredient, although there are no studies that prove its effectiveness. According to Dr. Ray Helian, Withania Somnifera also contains flavonoids that may rejuvenate skin cells.

* An anti-inflammatory

* Also known as Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi, Ayamodakam in Malayalam and Samm Al Ferakh

Functions:

Withania Somnifera is a plant-derived ingredient found in the roots of shrubs that grow primarily in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Very little research is available on this ingredient as it relates to cosmetics, anti-aging products, or personal care formulas, although it has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries, and is thought to treat symptoms of arthritis and other ailments when taken orally because of its anti-inflammatory properties (Wikipedia). It is marketed as a toner and anti-inflammatory skin ointment, and is though to have antioxidant properties, which may account for its use as an anti-aging ingredient, although there are no studies that prove its effectiveness. According to Dr. Ray Helian, Withania Somnifera also contains flavonoids that may rejuvenate skin cells.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database has not reviewed Withania Somnifera, and neither has the CIR. It is reported to have anti-carcinogenic effects in animal and cell cultures (Wikipedia), and there are no studies which report negative side effects regarding its use.
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