Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is an ancient Indian herb also known as the Indian ginseng or winter cherry. It is a powerful herb with many unique properties which are essential for healthy functioning of the human body.
It’s been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions it’s well known for its restorative and rejuvenating benefits. It is considered as one of the finest herbs in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
So here’s a list of 5 essential benefits of this super miracle herb.
- Relief from stress
It can help the body adapt to stress and produce calming effect when the body goes into fight or flight mode and releases cortisol.
Studies have shown it having thyroid balancing properties. In one study , mice were given its extracts daily for 20 days. Results showed an increase in levels of serum T3 and T4 without a significant increase in iodothyronine 5′-monodeiodinase indicating an increase in thyroid function.
3.Prevents hair fall
Due to its antioxidant properties and hormone balancing effects it can help in preventing hair fall and make hair more shiny and smooth.
It is rich in antioxidants which protect our cells from damage by free radicals.
5.Improves male fertility
A 3-month study of 75 men experiencing infertility, after taking 5 grams daily dose of ashwagandha there was an increase in sperm count and motility.
In another study after taking it for 90 days the average sperm concentration rose to about a hundred and sixty-seven percent.
Studies show that it improves spatial and visual memory and helps prevent nerve cell degeneration.
Healthy men were given 500 mg of ashwagandha per day for two weeks. Their performance was significantly better compared to those given a placebo.
7. Cancer prevention
Ashwagandha has been shown to inhibit the ability of cancer cells to reproduce. It prevents cancer cells from forming new blood vessels that support its growth. Studies have shown that it produced a marked increase in lifespan and decrease in tumor weight in animals with cancer of the lymphatic system.
8. Anxiety relief
Some clinical research shows that taking ashwagandha can reduce some symptoms of anxiety or anxious mood.
9. Reduces cortisol levels
High levels of cortisol increase inflammation in the body. Human trials carried out by using ashwagandha showed reduction in cortisol levels up to 26%. The participants also had a lower fasting blood sugar level.
10. Improves symptoms of Parkinson’s
Preliminary research has shown ashwagandha in combination with other herbs improves Parkinson’s symptoms.
11. Weight loss
In one study 52 adults under chronic stress took a placebo or 300 milligrams of ashwagandha twice per day. After 8 weeks the placebo group lost 1.5 % of body weight compared to 3 % of those taking ashwagandha. The body mass index scores improved 1.4 % in the placebo group and 3 %in the ashwagandha group.
12. Improvement in ADHD
Clinical research has shown that an herbal product containing ashwagandha may improve impulse control and attention in children with ADHD.
13. Relief in Arthritis
Preliminary research has shown that ashwagandha along with a zinc complex might improve symptoms of arthritis.
14. Increased energy
It is an adaptogen which supports the central nervous system and boosts energy naturally. There is an increase in ability and stamina while performing normal tasks.
So this is a beneficial herb that can be used in various conditions and can balance the body in many ways. It also stimulates the immune system and decreases inflammation.
Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is an ancient Indian herb also known as the Indian ginseng or winter cherry.
It improves the quality of sleep and can be used to treat insomnia . Triethylene glycol a compound that promotes sleep induction i present in the leaves of the plant.
In one study 52 adults under chronic stress took a placebo or 300 milligrams of ashwagandha twice per day. After 8 weeks the placebo group lost 1.5 % of body weight compared to 3 % of those taking ashwagandha.