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Eurasian Vitae ( Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal)

Vitamin A ( asvaganda ) is perhaps the most famous medicinal herb of Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine). It is often called " Indian Ginseng, " but it would be less misleading to say, for example, "the legendary Indian adaptogen".

Vitania belongs to the miraculous family of Solanaceae ( Solanaceae ) and is quite remarkable due to the mocha of the Jewish cherry ( Physalis alkekengi ) - originally the Linna vitania was described in the genus mochina as Physalis somnifera . As well as mochyne, vitania also carries yellow edible berries protected in bladders, but those with vitania are not the main part used. For vitania, the most important is the tortuous root remotely resembling ginseng.

Content substances

Vitaferins, vitanolides, and other saponins are responsible for the adaptogenic effect of vitania, the most important of which appears to be vitaferin A. In addition to saponins, vitamin alkaloids contain isopletierin and anaferin ( Mishra2000sbt ). Vitania is also rich in iron.


According to scientific studies, vitania has anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, works against stress, improves hematopoiesis and regeneration, and positively affects the cardiovascular and nervous system ( Mishra2000sbt ). The mechanism of action of vitaferin A is directed to Ku2014wii . It also investigates its anti-cancer activity - vitaferin A blocks growth of the blood vessels ( Mohan2004wip ). Vitania is non-toxic ( Mishra2000sbt ) and ranks among classical adaptogens.

| 28.12.2011

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