Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that’s popular in Ayurvedic medicine and is valued for its thyroid-modulating, neuroprotective, anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is botanically known as Withania Somnifera. It is also known as Indian Ginseng and Winter Cherry.
It’s been used for more than 3000 years and is actually the most commonly used and extensively researched adaptogen herb.
In India, ashwagandha is known as the “strength of the stallion” because it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after an illness. Like all adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha helps the body to maintain homeostasis, even in moments of emotional or physical stress.
The many other benefits of ashwagandha are as follows:
1.Ashwagandha can boost testosterone and increases fertility in men
Various studies conducted have found that men who received ashwagandha had an increase in their testosterone levels and antioxidant levels as well as having better sperm quality
2. Ashwagandha can increase muscle and strength.
Various studies demonstrated that participants who supplemented with ashwagandha had significantly greater gains in muscle size and strength
3. Ashwagandha can help lower cortisol.
Various studies have shown that the extract of Ashwagandha roots help in reducing stress and anxiety and improve the overall well-being of adults who were under stress
4. Ashwagandha has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.
Studies have also shown ashwagandha supplementation increased insulin secretion and improved insulin sensitivity in muscle cells.
5. Ashwagandha may fight and protect against cancer
Studies suggest that it may help treat several types of cancer, including breast, lung, colon, brain and ovarian cancer
6. Ashwagandha helps calm you down
Studies have demonstrated that ashwagandha supplementation can reduce stress and anxiety symptoms in people with related disorders
7. Ashwagandha can improve memory
Various studies have shown that Ashwagandha extracts can significantly improved general memory, task performance and attention
8. Ashwagandha can lower triglycerides
Studies have found that ashwagandha supplementation lowered triglycerides by nearly 45% and total cholesterol by as much as 53%
9. Ashwagandha can reduce inflammation.
A study done found that ashwagandha increases the activity of natural killer cells, which are immune cells that fight infection and help you stay healthy. It has also been shown to decrease markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). This marker is linked to an increased risk of heart disease