Ashwagandha is a Sanskrit word made of two words-Ashwa and Gandha. meaning the smell of a horse which refers to its strength and unique smell. It is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs used for many benefits. The botanical name of Ashwagandha is Withania Somnifera.
Ashwagandha plant is a little bush that contains yellow flower which is found in India and North Africa. The roots and berries of this plant and its extracts are mostly used for treatment.
Ashwagandha has high concentration of withanolides, which impart its health benefits.
It is also known by various other names such as Indian ginseng, winter cherry etc. It is well known for its adaptogen feature, that can help to manage the stress related to mind and body. It stimulates numerous brain cells and helps fighting stress. It works to lower cortisol level, blood sugar and help to fight depression and anxiety.
Let’s talk about some of the benefits Ashwagandha in detail.
- Anti-depressant and reduce Anxiety
In studies, it has been found that Ashwagandha regulates the chemical signals to the nervous system, hence best known for its capability to reduce stress and anxiety in the body. It has several nutrients which could help people suffering from stress and anxiety disorders.
With limited research available, it is suggested by researchers that, it may help reduce depression.
- May improve energy and muscle strength
In some researches, it has been found that Ashwagandha may help to improve muscle strength and reduce the fat from the complete body. An effective dosage of ashwagandha for continuous 30 days, the rate of muscle gain could improve as per the study.
- Can boost the production of Testosterone
Including many other benefits, Ashwagandha may help boost the production of testosterone in men. It could help to increase the sperm count, testosterone level, and increase their overall reproduction capability.
In addition to that a few small researchers found that Ashwagandha increased the antioxidant level in the blood and the overall stamina and sperm quality.
- Can Maintain Blood Sugar
Ashwagandha could prove itself to maintain blood sugar in the body. Though it is in the initial stage of the study, it has found that it could increase the secretion of insulin and improve insulin sensitivity in the body.
In a small study, it has been found that a 30-days use of Ashwagandha in diabetic patients, helped lowering the increasing blood sugar level.
- May reduce Cortisol Level
Cortisol is actually a stress hormone. When the blood sugar level gets too low, it is released by adrenal glands. The unusually high amount of cortisol could lead to high blood sugar and increased fat in the stomach.
In many studies, it has been found that Ashwagandha could help to reduce cortisol level. In addition to that, ashwagandha is believed to promote the creation of ROS, that disrupts cancer cell function.
Furthermore, it is also known to reduce inflammation and boost the energy level of the overall body.