Ashwagandha 101: What You Need to Know

Ashwagandha is an herb that has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to improve one’s health.

Known as ‘Indian ginseng’, ashwagandha belongs to a group of herbs known as adaptogens. They’re known as such because of their ability to adapt their functions to suit the specific needs of the individual and help to relieve stress.

The good news is that it’s easy to consume ashwagandha nowadays. Over the past few years, it has seen an increase in popularity because supplement manufacturing companies are producing and marketing ashwagandha supplements.

All you need to do is either consume an ashwagandha supplement in the morning or just before bed. These are the 2 best times to take it.

There is a plethora of benefits that can be accrued by consuming ashwagandha. Let’s see why it’s so potent…

* Aids in weight loss

This benefit alone is enough to make millions of people take it daily. Since it boosts metabolism, your body will be burning calories at an accelerated rate.

Over and above that, this herb reduces inflammation in the body. When your body is less inflamed, the cells will be more responsive and your weight loss efforts will yield more progress.

* Increases muscle mass

Whey protein is not the only supplement that can help build muscle. Ashwagandha can help increase muscle mass. This in turn increases your basal metabolic rate – which ties in to the earlier point of helping you lose weight faster.

* Stress relief

No list of ashwagandha benefits would be complete without mentioning how it has a positive effect on your mind. People suffering from anxiety, inability to concentrate, stress, etc. will do well to consume an ashwagandha supplement.

It will help lower cortisol levels in your body. Some people like to consume ashwagandha and L-theanine together. While the ashwagandha will calm your nerves, theanine will improve your focus.

So, you’ll be productive without being stressed out.

* Improves endurance

Ashwagandha can have a positive effect on your endurance levels. Once again, this will help with weight loss too because your performance during your workouts will be better and you’ll burn more calories.

* Improves cognitive function

As mentioned earlier, it improves concentration and also your memory power. By protecting the neurons in the brain from damage and enhancing neuronal growth, your mental functions will be boosted and bolstered.

* Normalizes blood sugar levels

This herb will be useful for people suffering from diabetes because of its ability to stabilize blood glucose levels.

* Boosts testosterone

Men suffering from low testosterone levels should definitely give ashwagandha a try. This is one of the most popular benefits of this herb and it’s mentioned over and over in men’s health magazines and many men have reported an improvement after taking ashwagandha supplements.

* Helps fight cancer

While there have been no conclusive studies which prove that ashwagandha fights cancer, it does reduce inflammation which leads to cancer.
It also boosts the body’s immunity and since it has strong antioxidant properties, it helps to repair and protect the body’s cells. This helps prevent cancer and other nasty diseases from ravaging the body.

Besides the benefits above, there are several others such as preventing fatigue, enhancing fertility, reducing joint pain and more. The key point to take away from this article is that ashwagandha has too many benefits to ignore.

Speak to your doctor and see if you can consume ashwagandha supplements. If you can, do start using it. Over time, you’ll definitely notice a positive difference in your health and well-being.

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Cheers, Helene Malmsio

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