The Benefits of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is a traditional herb used in India and a popular Ayurvedic medicine that can help to restore, calm and energise the body. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it aims to bring balance within the body.
Due to its hormone balancing effects, Ashwagandha can help with thyroid imbalances. The herb helps with T4 to T3 conversion, stimulating a sluggish thyroid to enhance energy and improve metabolism. It can also have balancing effects to an overactive thyroid issue.
Immunity and nervous system
Ashwagandha is very rich in anti-oxidants which protect against free radical exposure, it is also said to strengthen the immune system and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The herb is an excellent nerve cell regenerator, helping to restore, calm, and balance the nervous system as a whole.
The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in response to stress. When stress becomes too much, the adrenal glands become fatigued and eventually exhausted, and stop working effectively. This has a knock on effect on other vital hormones which leave the person feeling run down, anxious and fatigued. Ashwagandha can help by nourishing and strengthening tired adrenal glands, and the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid-adrenal axis as a whole.
Studies have found that Ashwagandha can also:
- Reduce cortisol
- Increase iron levels
- Rebalance a low white blood cell count
- Regulate insulin
- Reduce C-Reactive Protein; a marker of inflammation in the body
- Increase superoxide dismutase
Energy, Vitality and more!
Ashwagandha can help increase energy and improve stamina, support memory, focus and concentration and nourish the reproductive system. It can also aid in blood sugar balance and help to improve exercise performance.
As you can see, Ashwaganda really is a powerful herb!
It can help restore and re-focus the body by having both a calming, yet stimulatory energising effect.