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5 Healthy Benefits of Ashwagandha

5 Healthy Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as 'Withania Somnifera' is becoming increasingly popular in the west and is most well known for its ability to reduce stress and promote a calmer and happier sense of being. A growing body of evidence is being collated around this powerful herb with an impressive variety of health benefits.

Here are 5 key health benefits of this powerful adaptogenic, Ashwagandha:

 

5 Healthy Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as 'Withania Somnifera' is becoming increasingly popular in the west and is most well known for its ability to reduce stress and promote a calmer and happier sense of being. A growing body of evidence is being collated around this powerful herb with an impressive variety of health benefits.

Here are 5 key health benefits of this powerful adaptogenic, Ashwagandha:

 

1. Supports adrenal glands to reduce stress and anxiety

Ashwagandha has been shown to support the adrenals by stabilising cortisol levels. This reduces the negative effects of high (or low levels) of this hormone. This is an example of the herb’s adaptogenic effect. This is highly significant as ongoing stress can be detrimental to our health. Adrenal function is closely linked to thyroid function, therefore as Ashwagandha supports the adrenal glands, it has an indirect effect on improving thyroid function as well. Initial studies demonstrate ashwagandha’s ability to positively benefit thyroid function by stimulating thyroid hormone activity. 

 

2. Increases energy, stamina and endurance

Ashwagandha has been shown to significantly impact athletic performance by improving heart and lung capacity while increasing energy levels. Not only is this useful for the purposes of exercise, it is also helpful for people who struggle with their energy levels or those with fatigue-related conditions.

 

3. Stabilises blood sugar

Ashwagandha has been suggested to stabilise blood sugar levels, reducing blood sugar when it's too high or increasing it if too low. Considering the evidence of the impact on blood sugar levels in diseases such as depression and dementia, this herb could have a profound impact on health.

 

4. May Combat neurodegenerative diseases

There have been studies on the active ingredients in Ashwagandha, called withanamides,  which have shown encouraging protective effects against B-amyloid-induced plaques in Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years. This is thought to be due to the natural antioxidants found in ashwagandha which  scavenge free radicals to prevent cell damage. Studies also show promising results of ashwagandha’s protective effects against Parkinson’s Disease.

5. Immune boosting and anti-inflammatory

Ashwagandha has also been shown to demonstrate excellent supportive effects on our immune system. It has been shown to encourage anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting immune cells that help to ward off illness.. As the herb contains iron it also contributes to red blood cell count.

To read more about what sparked my love for this incredible plant read  My passion for Ashwagandha 

 

Written by Henrietta Norton, Founder and Nutritional Therapist

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