Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb which is found in India and North Africa, it is a small shrub plant with a yellow and extracts or powder from the plant’s root or leaves are used to treat a variety of conditions. It is known as an adaptogen because of its ability to help the body deal with stress.
Below are a few of its many benefits.
1 - Ashwagandha may have anti cancer properties - Animal and test-tube studies have found that withaferin — a compound in ashwagandha — helps induce apoptosis, which is the programmed death of cancer cells.
2 - Can reduce cortisol levels - Cortisol is known as a stress hormone given that your adrenal glands release it in response to stress, as well as when your blood sugar levels get too low. Unfortunately, in some cases, cortisol levels may become chronically elevated, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and increased fat storage in the abdomen.
Studies have shown that ashwagandha may help reduce cortisol levels. In one study in chronically stressed adults, those who supplemented with ashwagandha had significantly greater reductions in cortisol, compared with the control group. Those taking the highest dose experienced a 30% reduction, on average.
3 - Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress.
Researchers have reported that it blocked the stress pathway in the brains of rats by regulating chemical signaling in the nervous system.
Also, several controlled human studies have shown that it can reduce symptoms in people with stress and anxiety disorders
.In a 60-day study in 64 people with chronic stress, those in the group that supplemented with ashwagandha reported a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia, on average, compared with 11% in the placebo group.
4 - Can boost testosterone in men - Ashwagandha supplements may have powerful effects on testosterone levels and reproductive health.
In one study in 75 infertile men, the group treated with ashwagandha showed increased sperm count and motility.
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