Solar Synergy™ is the newest addition to the Mt. Capra family of high quality nutrition supplements. This 7 part series looks at the several ingredients contributing to its potency and efficacy as a sports drink.
Last week we started the series on specifically why Solar Synergy™ is such a powerful sports drink. Although we barely scratched the surface of Solar Synergy’s potential, we made some good headway in at least understanding the need for a high quality sports drink. Solar Synergy contains over 20 bio-organic minerals and 9 superfoods but this week we are going to look at just one of its many functional ingredients: Sensoril®.
In a nutshell, Sensoril is a multi-patented, proprietary, standardized extract of the Ayurvedic botanical, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). But it really is so much more than just another ashwagandha extract. This mind and body supplement has a list of clinically proven health benefits that is longer than my arm. We will examine and explain 5 of them. For the sake of brevity, I will limit my explanations of each health benefit and open up the comment section for further discussion.
1. Sensoril® a Superior Solution to Stress
When the body is stressed, its normal state of balance, or homeostasis, is disrupted. This causes a series of physiological reactions along the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis which results in increased secretion of cortisol into the bloodstream. (Don’t worry, that part won’t be on the test) Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” because it produces a wide range of stress-related symptoms. Sensoril® is an optimal ingredient in Solar Synergy™ because it lowers cortisol levels in the body thus relieving stress. This was demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in which the level of serum cortisol dropped by 24.2% in subjects taking Sensoril®. Interesting thing about this is that those taking the placebo saw their cortisol levels rise by nearly 5% that is bad news for those on the placebo and great news for those consuming Sensoril®!These same subjects also experienced a 69.9% reduction in an overall measure of stress-related symptoms. Bottom line is that we’re seeing some pretty hefty clinical data backing up the ability of Sensoril® and thus Solar Synergy to reduce stress in the body.
2. Sensoril® is Clinically Proven to Provide Healthy Energy
Solar Synergy™ contains the therapeutic dose of Sensoril® (250mg) which has been clinically proven to provide long-lasting, balanced energy in a safe and effective manner. This type of stimulant-free energy enhancement lacks the feelings of nervousness and jitters that normally accompany use of stimulant-based energy ingredients.
In the previously described double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, subjects taking Sensoril® felt their energy level increase by 79% with no negative side effects reported.
This energizing effect was accompanied by a rise in the subjects’ levels of serum dehyroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an energizing hormone that becomes depleted when people are stressed and as they age. Research has also found that Sensoril® enhances energy-related metabolism at the cellular level by increasing levels of ATP and other energy-related cellular metabolites that are produced in mitochondria, the cell’s energy factory.
3. Sensoril® is Proven to Enhance Mental Cognition.
Chronic stress and aging are associated with decreased brain activity due to altered neurotransmitter levels, inhibition of neural connections, and even neuron death caused by high cortisol levels and free radical-induced oxidative damage. Parts of the brain like the hippocampus and cerebral cortex, which are associated with memory and concentration, are particularly vulnerable to stress and aging-induced damage.
Sensoril® has been clinically proven to significantly reduce forgetfulness and the inability to concentrate.
Its ability to enhance cognitive function in this way is caused by the extraordinary, multifunctional properties of Sensoril’s withanolide glycoside bioactives. They raise levels of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter associated with memory in the hippocampus, by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that degrades acetylcholine. Through their cortisol-inhibiting properties, Sensoril® bioactives protect parts of the brain that are vulnerable to cortisol-induced neuron damage, including the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. They also reduce oxidative damage to neurons in the brain both by stimulating greater concentrations of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase, and by neutralizing free radicals directly with their own antioxidant activity.
4. Sensoril® can Help Maintain Glucose Balance.
Increasingly, more people are having difficulty with elevated blood sugar levels, Metabolic Syndrome, and insulin resistance. Research is now showing that the relationship between heightened cortisol levels and elevated blood sugar levels culminates in compromised health as a result of the way the body responds to stress (particularly psychological stress). When stressed, the body secretes cortisol, which stimulates conversion of stored energy (fat and muscle protein) into glucose to provide energy that can be rapidly metabolized to bolster the ability to run away from a stressor or rise up to confront it (known as the “fight or flight” response).
In the double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial mentioned previously, Sensoril® significantly lowered fasting blood sugar levels in subjects by an average of 4.7%.
This demonstrates that it is a highly effective anti-stress and adaptogenic agent and that Sensoril® can provide blood sugar balance support through a reduction in cortisol levels.
5. Sensoril® can Support Cardiovascular Health.
Prolonged stress can contribute to increased blood lipid levels, high blood pressure, heart disease, and atherosclerosis, all of which negatively impact cardiovascular health. Sensoril® helps support cardiovascular health in several compelling ways.
In that same double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, Sensoril® significantly lowered blood pressure and improved blood lipid levels in subjects.
It also reduced their levels of C-reactive protein, an acute-phase protein that is associated with systemic inflammation and has been found to be correlated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Together, these clinical results demonstrate that Sensoril® enhances many factors that are associated with cardiovascular health.
The implications are clear. Sensoril is a powerful and healthy supplement to add to your regime. I use this ingredient everyday when I drink a glass of Solar Synergy. Shouldn’t you be doing the same?
Joe Stout B.Sc., M.S.
Joe Stout received his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science from Washington State University. He recently finished a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Human Nutrition graduating with top honors. He has written for various magazines and is the editor of The High Road to Health.
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