Ashwagandha, commonly known as ‘Withania Somnifera,’ is gaining popularity in the West for its ability to relieve stress and promote a calmer and happier state of being. A significant body of research is being gathered around this potent herb with a wide range of health advantages.
5 Health Advantages of Ashwagandha
Here are the top five health benefits of this potent adaptogenic:
Assists the adrenal glands in reducing stress and anxiety.
Ashwagandha has been demonstrated to help the adrenals by regulating cortisol levels. This lessens the deleterious effects of having too much (or too little) of this hormone. This is critical since chronic stress can be harmful to our health. Because adrenal function is so closely linked to thyroid function, Ashwagandha has an indirect influence on enhancing thyroid function as well. Initial research suggests that ashwagandha can improve thyroid function by boosting thyroid hormone activity.
Boosts energy, stamina, and endurance.
Ashwagandha has been demonstrated to improve athletic performance by enhancing heart and lung capacity while decreasing fatigue. This is important not only for exercise, but also for persons who struggle with their energy levels or have fatigue-related disorders.
Maintains blood sugar stability
Ashwagandha has been demonstrated to stabilise blood sugar levels, either lowering them when they are too high or boosting them when they are too low. This is an example of the adaptogenic impact of the herb. Given the evidence of its impact on blood sugar levels in disorders such as depression and dementia, this plant has the potential to have a significant impact on health.
Protects against neurodegenerative diseases
Withanamides, the active components in Ashwagandha, have been found to protect against B-amyloid-induced plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. This is assumed to be because ashwagandha contains natural antioxidants that scavenge free radicals to prevent cell damage. Studies on ashwagandha’s protective benefits against Parkinson’s disease have also yielded positive results.
Immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties
It has also been shown to have significant immune-boosting properties. It has been proven to promote anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting immune cells, which aid in the prevention of illness. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, Ashwagandha is beneficial in painful illnesses such as arthritis. Because the plant is high in iron, it helps to increase red blood cell count.