ASHWAGANDHA ROOT ... ASHWA-WHAT??
Yes, it’s a mouthful! Ashwagandha is an herb regarded as one of the top adaptogenic tonics in Indian medicine. Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but they're experiencing a resurgence today in homeopathic medicine.
Ashwagandha is an herb which compares favorably to some of the world’s most renowned herbal tonics such as ginseng, astragalus, dang gui, reishi mushroom, and South American suma. All of these herbs have been held in high regard by generations of people over the course of millennia for their ability to increase vitality, energy, endurance and stamina, promote longevity, and strengthen the human immune system.
Ashwagandha's history can be traced back to around 6,000 BC, where it’s mentioned in the Ayurveda, India's we’ll-known ancient tradition of medicine. Ancient civilizations used Ashwagandha as a magic elixir for many ailments. Everything from depression to male impotence to excessive vaginal discharge to arthritis. Ashwagandha has enjoyed a reputation as a cure-all for just about everything!
In recent years, science has confirmed Ashwagandha helps lower blood sugar levels, has anti-cancer properties, reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone), and is best known for its ability to naturally reduce anxiety and stress by regulating chemical signaling in the nervous system.
Slightly controversial are claims that Ashwagandha may alleviate depression. In one controlled 60-day study in 64 stressed adults, those who took 600 mg of high-concentration ashwagandha extract per day reported a 79% reduction in severe depression, while the placebo group reported a 10% increase.*
Ashwagandha has also demonstrated very promising results in improving testosterone levels and reproductive health.
In one study of 75 infertile men, the group treated with ashwagandha showed increased sperm count and motility. In addition, the study participants observed an increase in testosterone levels. Researchers also reported that the group who took the herb had increased antioxidant levels in their blood.**
Additional studies have shown Ashwagandha has remarkable results in reducing inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). This marker is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Finally, Ashwagandha has demonstrated an ability to improve body composition and increase muscle mass.
Wow! Given all the above health benefits, is it any wonder Ashwagandha has developed a reputation as being a cure-all in ancient cultures.
Best of all, Ashwagandha is considered a safe herbal supplement for most people. Of course, as with any herbal remedy, you should always consult your doctor before using Ashwagandha.
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