5 Facts about Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is an Ancient Medicinal Herb and one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda. It has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. Here are just a few things you didn’t know about this amazing plant. Check in with an herbalist to see if this is the right fit for you!
1. It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
In several studies, ashwagandha has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. A test-tube study found that it increased insulin secretion and improved insulin sensitivity in muscle cells.
2. Has Anti-Cancer Properties
Animal and test-tube studies have found that Ashwagandha helps induce apoptosis, which is the programmed death of cancer cells.
3. Memory Support
Recent research has shown that Ashwagandha reduces memory impairment in animal models. The herb may also protect the brain from the oxidative stress that leads to neuro-degeneration.
4. Increase in Sexual Potency and Fertility
Ashwagandha is mentioned in the Kama Sutra for its sexual potency. It is also known to help balance hormone levels and regulate the thyroid.
5. Can help reduce Stress and Anxiety
Best know for its effects on stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha has been shown to reduce both, in animal and human studies.
These are just a few of Ashwaganda's amazing properties. It, like any herb, has benefits and potential side effects if used incorrectly. This information is not meant to prescribe treatment, but open your eyes to a new possibility. Ashwagandha is one of the western world's most loved ayurvedic herbs(you can find it at most health food stores). Please use at your discretion or speak to a healthcare provider about adding to your routine. Do your research (as you would with anything in life) and of course nothing beats an amazing ayurvedic or herbal practitioner!