If you are searching for ways to restore your energy, look younger, and be free of disease, ashwagandha may be the superstar herb that provides the solution.
Ashwagandha has been praised as a longevity and vitality tonic for millennia. The herb, also known as Withania somnifera, is revered in Ayurvedic medicine for its restorative, energizing, and strengthening properties.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, which means it helps the body adapt to new or stressful situations.
In India, ashwagandha has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine to improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and behavioral disturbances.
In our busy modern lives, we all experience our share of emotional, physical, and chemical stress, which take a toll on our brains and nervous systems.
A recent study compared the effects of ashwagandha with two commonly used antidepressant medications, and it found that ashwagandha helped stabilize moods and relieve feelings of occasional sadness and anxiety – without the terrible side effects of antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication.
Recent research has proven ashwagandha is more than a stress reliever. It also protects the brain from degeneration and improves symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease.
Ashwagandha is found to be useful in children with memory problems, and in people of older age with memory loss. Researchers at the National Brain Research Centre studied rats with Alzheimer’s that were unable to remember what they learned. After 20 days of supplementing with ashwagandha, researchers found a reduction in amyloid plaques (which cause brain degradation) and saw a significant improvement in their memories.
Millions of people now struggle with thyroid problems, and many are unaware of their conditions. Adaptogens can be extremely effective in supporting and balancing hormones. They work with your body to bring you back into balance whether your levels are high or low.
Adaptogenic herbs have the remarkable ability to help with both hypo and hyper thyroid issues. Ashwagandha has been shown to improve the health of people with a sluggish thyroid, as well as with people who have an overactive thyroid.
Ashwagandha may also benefit thyroid function because it promotes scavenging of free radicals that cause cellular damage.
Adrenal glands are endocrine glands that release the hormones cortisol and adrenaline (in response to stress).
When you are emotionally, physically, and mentally stressed, your adrenal glands can become overtaxed, leading to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. If your adrenals become exhausted, it can disrupt your other hormones, including progesterone, which can cause infertility and lower DHEA, and can even speed up aging.
Medical studies have shown that ashwagandha improves cortisol levels and insulin sensitivity. It naturally balances hormones and supports adrenal function, helping with chronic stress and adrenal fatigue.
In a study of ashwagandha on physical performance and cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy young adults one study, forty normal healthy young adults were assigned to experimental groups for 8 weeks. Ten people received standardized root extracts of ashwagandha, 10 received standardized bark extract of terminalia arjuna (a plant used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat heart conditions) and 10 received both supplements. Ten more participants received placebos.
The study showed that ashwagandha increased velocity, power and VO2 max (a measure of the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use).
The conclusion was that ashwagandha may be useful for generalized weakness and to improve speed and lower limb muscular strength and neuromuscular coordination and appear to be safe for young adults.
In recent studies, ashwagandha extract is shown to have very promising benefits in helping to prevent and treat cancer. Certain studies have found that ashwagandha extract has a powerful antitumor effect.
Due to its immune boosting and antioxidant abilities, the extract appears to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells – specifically lung, stomach, breast, and colon cancers, which are among the leading types of cancers in the world.
Ashwagandha helps prevent cancer through its ability to stop the blood vessels around cancer cells from feeding the growth of cancerous tumors.
Studies have also shown that ashwagandha can be very useful in conjunction with traditional chemotherapy treatments. The extract appears to be effective in halting the immune system from becoming suppressed during chemotherapy. It is also able to counteract one of the biggest concerns with chemotherapy, the lowered white blood cell count, which puts cancer patients at much higher risk of infection.
Many cancer experts now recommending ashwagandha extract as both a method to prevent cancer, and an addition to conventional cancer treatments.
This ancient Indian plant based medicine has been used for generations as a medicine to maintain overall immune support and optimal health. It may have gained this reputation as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic because of its effect on the immune system.
A number of clinical trials have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in rodents given ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb.
In today’s world, ashwagandha is used by Ayurvedic doctors in supplement form to reduce immunosuppression and ease the pain of chemotherapy treatment by helping to reduce stress and fatigue.
In 58 studies of ashwagandha, research reveals that this potent herb possesses anti-inflammatory, antitumor, anti-stress, antioxidant, immune-supporting, and rejuvenating properties.
Ashwagandha is a neuro-protector that defends the central nervous system from degeneration. It also appears to benefit the endocrine, cardiopulmonary, and central nervous systems; and it provides benefits to people suffering from inflammation, liver disorders, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
So essentially, it’s contains anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic properties found to be effective in dealing with Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.
Ashwagandha also reduces oxidative stress throughout the body, making it a powerful anti-aging compound. It is commonly used to increase vitality, particularly for people recovering from chronic illnesses, and to manage pain for people with arthritis.
Ashwagandha may also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings and maintaining a healthy immune system, making it an overall super-star herb!
So it’s pretty clear, ashwagandha has the ability to enhance overall health.
But did you know the name ashwagandha also translates as odor of a horse?
It may be because the roots seem to resemble the smell of horse sweat. But it’s also known as the “strength of the stallion” since it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after illness, and in reference to a horse’s virility. A bonus of this herbal super-star is that it enhances sexual potency for both women and men.
If you suffer from stress, fatigue, lack of energy, or difficulty concentrating, ashwagandha can help alleviate these symptoms. Even better, it will provide an energetic and rejuvenated sense of well-being.
Taking ashwaganda supplements can help your brain function better and boost your overall well-being, but do you know what’s in yours?
Unfortunately, most supplements don’t have the doses you need to get results. They may have insubstantial amounts of the active components, or you may be getting little more than a capsule filled with powders chock full of heavy metals. What’s more, the powders may not be fresh, and can be processed with harsh ingredients that destroy or degrade ashwagandha’s healthful components.
At best, you're pouring your money down the drain and not benefiting your health.
At worst, these supplements may actually be doing your body more harm than good.
I'm Amish Shah, and I founded Ancient Health Care after I received a devastating health diagnosis while I was just in my thirties.
By returning to my roots of Ayurvedic medicine, I resolved my personal health crises, and transformed my body, mind, and soul. Today I feel happier and more energized than ever.
Now I'm on a mission to improve modern lives by reviving powerful plants used in the ancient science of Ayurveda.
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Is your modern lifestyle tearing you away from the well-being you were born to have?
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Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review Lakshmi-Chandra Mishra, MD (Ayur), PhD, Betsy B. Singh, PhD, Simon Dagenais, BA