Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs for healing and restorative benefits. They refer to ashwagandha as “Indian Ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties.
Some people may ask why it is that they need to look at this ancient herb to supplement their health, but usually if you have common symptoms like Stress, fatigue, lack of energy or difficulty concentrating, then you will soon see for yourself why ashwagandha can benefit you personally.
Not only can ashwagandha help alleviate these symptoms and support your overall well-being, it can also help you age slower, reduce stress, balance hormones, boost energy and improve neurological health which we all know is really important to us.
Ashwagandha is classified as an adaptogenic herb which means basically that it will help your body better manage stress.
There is some fascinating information you can find on ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) by heading over to www.pubmed.gov and typing in the search bar “Ashwagandha” you will find over 900 studies relating to this incredible medicinal herb and the benefits it provides with your overall health.
In this list below I want to provide you with 11 incredible health benefits that ashwagandha can offer you if supplementing with this herb:
1: It Is An Ancient Medicinal Herb In The Form Of Alternative Medicines:
This herb has been used for over 3,000 years to increase energy, relieve stress and improve concentration.
2: It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels:
Studies have shown that ashwagandha can lower blood sugar levels in health and diabetic people. It also improves insulin sensitivity. (info HERE)
3: It Has Anti-Cancer Properties:
Studies have proved that ashwagandha helps induce Apoptosis, which is “Programmed Cell Death” of cancer cells. It also slows the growth of new cancer cells in several ways, especially for breast, lung, colon, brain and ovarian cancers. How incredible is that!
4: Can Reduce Cortisol Levels:
Cortisol is your stress hormone due to your adrenal glands releasing cortisol in response to stress and also cortisol is released when blood sugar levels are too low. This is why people like myself who suffer adrenal fatigue find it far better to eat smaller more frequent meals in the day to keep adrenals and cortisol happy.
When cortisol levels become chronically elevated, that’s what can lead to high blood sugar levels and fat storage around the belly.
5: Helps Reduce Stress & Anxiety:
There have been several human studies that prove ashwagandha effectively reduces symptoms in people with stress and anxiety disorders.
6: It May Reduce Symptoms Of Depression:
An adult 60 day study was conducted and those who took 600mg per day of ashwagandha reported a 79% reduction in severe depression. Imagine what it can do for the ones who have depression on a much lower scale. wow!
7: Increases Fertility In Both Men & Women:
Especially in men after around 3 months of taking it, had better sperm quality and women were becoming pregnant.(Info on that here)
8: Increases Muscle Mass & Strength:
A study proved that men after 30 days on ashwagandha who took 750-1250mg per day, gained muscle mass and lost fat!
Another study proved that there was a significantly greater gain in muscle strength and size.
9: It Reduces Inflammation
Human studies have found that the herb increases the activity of natural killer cells which are immune cells that fight infection. The studies also show that it decreases markers of inflammation.
10: Lowers Cholesterol:
Ashwagandha improves heart health by lowering your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. That’s so powerful, wow!
11: Improves Brain Function & Memory:
It promotes antioxidant activity that protects nerve cells from harmful free radicals.
One epileptic study proved that ashwagandha had nearly a complete reversal of memory impairment which was caused by oxidative stress (you can reduce your oxidative stress significantly through activating your Nrf2 pathway. Learn more about how to do that HERE or HERE)
Also helps with reaction time and task performance.
I sincerely hope you get the time to watch my video and read some of the studies linked to this post.
I was very much inspired today to share this information with you which I received through this website and many others, but also through what I’ve been learning personally about Nrf2 and Nutrigenomics.
If you found value in this information or would like to learn more about how I supplement myself with ashwagandha, please don’t hesitate to drop a comment below or send me an email through my contact form.
Keep being Persistent and Authentic
Janelle Emma xx