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The Top 10 Reasons You Should Take Ashwagandha

Aug 01,2023

Unleash the Power of Nature

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in natural remedies and herbal supplements for promoting well-being and addressing various health concerns. Among these, Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, has gained significant popularity for its potential health benefits. Derived from a small shrub native to India, Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in that arid desert region. Let’s take this opportunity to explore the top 10 science-supported benefits of incorporating Ashwagandha into your daily routine.

1. Stress and Anxiety Relief

Ashwagandha is renowned for its adaptogenic properties, which help the body adapt to stress. Several studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing stress and anxiety levels.1 By regulating cortisol, the stress hormone, Ashwagandha may promote a sense of calmness, reduce anxiety and enhance overall resilience to stressors.2

2. Improved Cognitive Function

Research suggests that Ashwagandha may support cognitive function and memory. Ashwagandha extract exhibited improved cognitive performance such as increasing short-term working memory and sustained attention.3 Preclinical studies are showing its neuroprotective properties may aid in combating neurodegenerative conditions by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.4

3. Enhanced Energy and Stamina

Ashwagandha has been traditionally used as a rejuvenating herb to enhance energy levels and stamina. Ashwagandha supplementation has been shown to increase cardiorespiratory endurance and overall physical performance during physical activity, making it an excellent choice for athletes and individuals with active lifestyles.5

4. Immune System Support

Studies have shown that Ashwagandha possesses immunomodulatory properties, helping to strengthen the immune system. It has been shown to enhance immune response and increase circulating antibody cells, which defend against infection due to viruses and toxins.6

5. Hormonal Balance

For women experiencing hormonal imbalances, Ashwagandha may be a game-changer. It has been shown to aid in the regulation of the endocrine system, reducing symptoms of PMS and menopause, and promoting overall hormonal balance.7 Ashwagandha has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac, as it is believed to enhance sexual health by improving fertility, boosting testosterone levels in men, and increasing libido in both men and women.8

6. Cardiovascular Health

Research suggests that Ashwagandha may have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. Ashwagandha extract helped improve several markers of cardiovascular health, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels.9

7. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Ashwagandha exhibits potent anti-inflammatory properties, which have been demonstrated in various studies. Ashwagandha has been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially alleviate conditions associated with chronic inflammation.10

8. Sleep Quality Improvement

Ashwagandha’s calming and stress-relieving properties may contribute to better sleep quality. Ashwagandha supplementation has been shown to improve sleep, the sleep-wake cycle and sleep quality among participants with insomnia.11

9. Muscle Strength and Recovery

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts may benefit from Ashwagandha’s ability to improve muscle strength and aid in post-exercise recovery. Ashwagandha supplementation has been shown to significantly increase muscle strength and reduce exercise-induced muscle damage.12

10. Anti-Aging Benefits

The powerful antioxidants found in Ashwagandha may protect the body against cellular damage caused by free radicals, thus slowing down the aging process.13 Its rejuvenating properties have been shown to promote youthful-looking skin, increased vitality, and improved overall longevity and quality of life.

Ashwagandha potentially offers a multitude of health benefits, making it a versatile herb for anyone seeking to improve their overall well-being. From stress reduction and enhanced cognitive function to hormonal balance and immune support, the potential advantages of incorporating Ashwagandha into your daily routine hold great promise. Embrace the power of nature and unlock a healthier, more vibrant life with Ashwagandha.

Paul Bernitt, DHH

Passionate advocate for helping others experience greater physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Paul Bernitt

Paul Bernitt is a Board-Certified Doctor of Holistic Health by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. He is also a Master Herbalist, a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Doctor of Divinity, and has a degree in Mind-Body Transformational Psychology. Additionally, Paul is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Bioenergetics, and Life Coaching.

Paul’s mission is to end as much needless suffering as possible by helping people discover hope, health, and healing. He has helped thousands of people experience the value of optimal health and wellness so they can live their purpose with greater energy, vitality, and quality of life mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and environmentally.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573577/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6750292/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9565281/#:~:text=Present%20findings%20provide%20the%20first,short%2Dterm%2Fworking%20memory
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874119339182
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4687242/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8397213/
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34553463/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6438434/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3487234/ 
  10. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29620265/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6827862/#:~:text=Ashwagandha%20root%20extract%20is%20a,300%20mg%20extract%20twice%20daily
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4658772/
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/#:~:text=Being%20a%20powerful%20adaptogen%2C%20it,damage%20caused%20by%20free%20radicals
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