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Eat the herb Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, one of the most potent herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions. It is most well-known for its restorative and rejuvenating benefits. It contains glutathione which is the “mother of all antioxidants.”

Ashwagandha has been prescribed as a nerve tonic and an agent which helps the body adapt to various emotional and physical stressors.

It’s valued for its thyroid-modulating, neuroprotective, anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are just some of the many ashwagandha benefits.

It has been used in India for 5,000 years for conditions such as failure to thrive in children, weakness and debility in old age, rheumatism, constipation, insomnia, nervous conditions, stress, goitre, joint inflammation, parasites, hormone balance, see more below.

Ashwagandha is known to help people strengthen their immune system after illness, chemotherapy, or surgery. It is a highly effective remedy to help reduce stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels.

Why Use Ashwagandha?

It will help any of these common symptoms?

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Low libido
  • Frequent illness
  • Anxiety
  • Low endurance (mentally or physically)
  • Joint pain
  • Neurological condition

The use of ashwagandha will rejuvenate and give you a sense of well-being.

BENEFITS:

Heals and builds Nerves.

Ashwagandha has been prescribed as a nerve tonic and an agent which helps the body adapt to various emotional and physical stressors. It is used for conditions such as weakness and debility in old age, Painful legs, rheumatism, nervous conditions, stress, goitre, joint inflammation, hormone balance, and more.

It is a highly effective, remedy to help reduce stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels and mimicking the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA found in the nervous system and the brain.

Improves Underactive Thyroid Function.

One of the most incredible aspects of ashwagandha is that it helps people with thyroid problems.  Ashwagandha has been shown to support a sluggish thyroid for people diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. For the millions of people who are struggling with thyroid problems, many of whom don’t even know it, ashwagandha may serve as the solution they’ve been waiting for.

Bipolar.

Patients with bipolar disorder, like me, use ashwagandha to improve cognitive function by increasing T4 during treatment periods, but the jury is still out on this one although that was not the original purpose of me taking this herb. 

Relieves Adrenal Fatigue

Ashwagandha is useful in supporting adrenal function and helping you to overcome adrenal fatigue. Your adrenals are endocrine glands that are responsible for releasing hormones, specifically cortisol and adrenaline, in response to stress. If your adrenals are overtaxed due to an overabundance of emotional, physical or mental stress, this can lead to a condition referred to as adrenal fatigue. When your adrenals become exhausted, this can also disrupt other hormones in your body, including progesterone, which can cause infertility and lower levels of DHEA, a hormone that’s tied to longevity and maintaining a healthy body.

Combats Stress and Anxiety.

One of the most well-known ashwagandha benefits is its ability to work as a natural remedy for anxiety.

Balances Blood Sugar Levels

Ashwagandha has been evaluated for its anti-diabetic effects, which are possible because of providing health benefits through cell signalling pathways and antioxidant effects. This data suggests that ashwagandha extract helps improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammatory markers.

 Helps to Fight Cancer

Ashwagandha can help to reduce tumour growth and may work to prevent cancer cells from growing. The extract has been shown to help inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, specifically breast, lung, stomach and colon cancer cells, which are among some of the leading types of cancers in the world. It’s believed that Ashwagandha helps to prevent the growth of cancer cells mostly through its immune-boosting and antioxidant abilities.

Protects the brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

It Reduces Brain Cell Degeneration and Improves Memory. Emotional, physical and chemical stress can all have damaging effects on the brain and nervous system. Recent research has proven that ashwagandha is more than a stress reliever; it also protects the brain from cell degeneration, which can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. One of the main reasons ashwagandha is so effective at healing the brain is because it contains powerful antioxidants that destroy the free radicals that cause ageing.

Boosts Immune Function.

Because ashwagandha works as an adaptogen that can reduce the body’s stress hormones, it can help to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation within the body. Ashwagandha can enhance immune function by increasing immunoglobulin production. It is also able to promote an anti-inflammatory environment by suppressing pro-inflammatory substances secreted by specific cells. By down-regulating the immune system when it’s compromised, ashwagandha is a useful tool in the treatment of various inflammatory disorders.

Increases Stamina and Endurance.

Ashwagandha can boost endurance during physical activity by sharpening brain function and reducing bodily pain. Due to its positive calming, yet energising effects on the brain, and its ability to lower stress hormones, ashwagandha promotes improvements in concentration, motivation and stamina in conducted studies.

Helps to Increase Muscle Strength.

Perhaps a surprising ashwagandha benefit is its ability to increase your muscle mass and strength. For this reason, ashwagandha can be a helpful tool for people engaging in resistance training and other forms of exercise that can be strenuous on your muscles.

Helps to Improve Sexual Function and Fertility

In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha has been used as a natural aphrodisiac that can help to improve sexual dysfunction. Ashwagandha is also used to boost testosterone levels and improve male fertility and significantly boosts sperm quality and productivity in men.

It May Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides

In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, ashwagandha may help improve heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

WARNING.

When purchasing ashwagandha supplements, make sure it’s standardised for human consumption. Just like with all herbal extracts, Ashwagandha needs to be standardised to a concentration of glycol-withanolides to meet the claims that accompany it. Common extract strengths vary from 1% – 10%. But not all supplements are labelled with this information. Purchasing a high-quality supplement is the best way to guarantee you get a product high in withanolides. The higher the withanolide content, the stronger the effects of the supplement.

With all the variations, choosing a herbal extract from a trusted source is going to be vital in ensuring you buy an effective health product.

 CONCLUSION

Ashwagandha is an essential herb because it serves many purposes and benefits many-body systems, including the immune, neurological, endocrine and reproductive systems. Ashwagandha is used to help the body remain in balance. I have found supplementing with Aruca which contains ashwagandha is an easy and effective way to improve your health and quality of life.

In summary, some key examples of Ashwagandha health benefits are:

  • Protects the immune system
  • Helps combat the effects of stress
  • Improves learning, memory, and reaction time
  • Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
  • Helps reduce brain-cell degeneration and improve cognitive function
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Offers anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits
  • Contains anti-malarial properties
  • Enhances sexual potency for both men and women
  • Maybe an effective anti-tumour agent
  • Promotes new nerve growth

How to Add Ashwagandha to Your Daily Diet.

I use a supplement I trust called Aruca which contains Ashwagandha extract and over 20 other natural ingredients including Fulvic acid, MSM, wheatgrass and concentrated glycans. This all-in-one GMO-free supplement does the work of many herbs. Aruca is a powerhouse of nutrients and benefits. It is made and is only available in South Africa at the time was writing.

For more information, to get my health emails or to buy  ARUCA, click here.

Let’s walk without pain, together,

Michael Plumstead.