Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is one of the ancient Indian herbs that have been in traditional use since ages. Ashwagandha is known to impart a healing touch and has been known for its significant restorative properties.
Scientists have theorized that many of ashwagandha’s health-boosting properties are derived from the antioxidant steroidal alkaloids and lactones, mostly the withanolides that are present in the herb. Ashwagandha is known to help release stress, fight disease and decrease levels of stress hormones and support weight loss by acting as a natural adaptogen in the body.
Here are 5 valuable benefits of Ashwagandha:
1. Stress buster
Ashwagandha is known to be beneficial chiefly for its ability to prevent anxiety. It also shows promising results on relieving insomnia and stress related depression. Cortisol being a stress hormone, when in excess, can make you fat. Ashwagandha can reduce cortisol concentrations and the immunosuppressive effect of stress, significantly.
The naturally present antioxidants in Ashwagandha may help in improving overall well being in addition to its fat burning properties. It is known to improve immune function which could work well in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and a cleaner eating pattern. Ashwagandha helps to boost your metabolism and aid you in your weight loss endeavor.
3. Improves fertility
While this short and stout plant has a varied number of benefits, one of its most widely recognized abilities is to boost the fertility in men. It is said to positively impact sexual health- by increasing the fertility and improving the sperm count. Traditionally, it has been used as an aphrodisiac.
4. Increases physical strength, muscle size and stamina
Several studies done on Ashwagandha, point towards the herb’s ability to improve all three. It is worth mentioning that, though muscle size and strength are often known to be interlinked, the case is not always the same. Some with stronger and bigger muscles seem to face a lack of stamina as compared to their leaner counterparts. This is where Ashwagandha comes in to help and as an added bonus, it reduces muscle soreness and recovery time post workouts, thus enabling you to improve your workout sessions.
Based on studies, Ashwagandha potentially reduces the fasting blood sugar levels, thereby also helping in improving glucose metabolism. High levels of blood sugar stimulate the pancreas to release more of insulin to store the blood glucose into fat cells. Over a period of time, chronically high level of insulin may lead to metabolic syndrome, increase insulin resistance, pose heart risks and can lead to diabetes.
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