Hello World! Have you ever heard of ashwagandha? Do you know it’s great benefits to your body? I knew very little about it until I started researching online and here is some excellent info that I found and want to share with you. I hope you find this to be as good a read as I did…
Amazing Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
This ancient Ayurvedic herb deserves to take front and center stage as its many health benefits are revealed. Ashwagandha (Sanskrit for “smell of a horse” and also known as “Indian Ginseng” or Withania Somnifera) rejuvenates and restores your body to a low-stress, healthful state and is considered one of your most powerful herbs in the Ayurvedic healing tradition.
You can find Ashwagandha in its original form as a low-lying shrub with
flat, wide green leaves and small, green bell-shaped flowers that produce orange-yellow fruit similar in appearance to cherry tomatoes. But Ashwagandha is no stranger to your tomato as both plants are in the same family.
As an adaptogen, Ashwagandha aids your body in managing stress. And who doesn’t need help managing stress? Even though stress is a natural and normal part of living it can get out of hand at times which puts our body’s systems on the fast-track to poor health. So what does a little help from our friend look like?
9 HEALTH BENEFITS OF ASHWAGANDHA
Decreases Alzheimer’s risk
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Debilitating neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s severely impacts the lives of not only individuals with Alzheimer’s but also their family members, caretakers and society as a whole. Ashwagandha has shown in studies to improve neuritic atrophy and synaptic loss which are your major causes for the disease.
Mental health concerns are surfacing as a major priority, anxiety being a
prominent mental health hurdle for individuals of all walks of life. From low-level to severe, anxiety can impair your quality of life. In one study, naturopathic care, which included the use of Ashwagandha, it significantly improved participant’s anxiety levels over general psychotherapy. And several more studies showed similar findings.
Cortisol is a steroid-hormone within your body known as your “stress hormone.” It plays an important role in keeping you alive. It’s necessary. But it can harm your body when there’s too much of it in your system. It can impair your sleep, appetite, weight and your mood. Studies show that participants taking Ashwagandha had a significant reduction in cortisol levels. Improved stress hormone levels lowers your overall risk for stress-related diseases.
If you can run farther, physically or even mentally, then you can be more
productive and efficient in your life. Ultimately, you can achieve your goals faster and better. In one study with swimming rats, those that were given Ashwagandha were able to swim for twice as long compared to the rats who didn’t receive any.
As we get older, our mental capacity slowly begins to decline. So any
measure to improve or maintain our current level of functioning is certainly welcome. Ashwagandha has been shown to improve memory in individuals with impaired memories, such as those who incurred head injuries or are older in age. But aside from memory, responsiveness is an important element of your brain health. One study shows that Ashwagandha significantly improves your cognitive and psychomotor performance.
Chronic stress can cause many of you to gain weight. So what happens when you throw Ashwagandha into the mix? Participants in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study were able to lose weight and stress thanks to this herb.
Aids blood sugar control
Insulin insensitivity leads to type-II diabetes, which is most often caused by your over-stimulated pancreas and washed out insulin receptors. But if you can improve insulin sensitivity with Ashwagandha, then you’re well on your way to your better blood sugar management. Combine that with generally lower blood sugar levels after consumption, as shown in several studies, and you’ll be worry-free in no time when it comes to your blood sugar.
Improves male fertility
Ashwagandha mediates hormone levels in your body, which for men can be just what’s needed to improve fertility. The overarching theme with this wonder herb is its impact on stress. And stress can impair male fertility the same way it can in women. Studies show that lowering stress levels has had a positive impact on male fertility. Add that to the fact that Ashwagandha repairs your metabolic activity of seminal plasma which improves the overall quality of semen.
Lowered stress, improved memory, weight-loss, better blood sugar,
increased stamina and reduced anxiety all lead you to a healthier body and sound mind. And as you improve on each system you can be sure you’re dramatically slowing the aging process. There’s no quicker way to age than to place yourself under abnormal amounts of stress.
Like with any herb or supplement, you’ll want to ensure you’re making the right choice for you at the right time. If you have any ongoing health concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor about interactions between this powerful herb and your medical conditions and medications.
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