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Benefit of Ashwagandha: Brain Power, Energy, Libido and more

Ashwagandha is Sanskrit for ‘Smell of the Horse’ which refers to both the herb’s scent and its potential ability to increase strength. Its botanical name is Withania Somnifera, and it’s also known by several other names, including “Indian Ginseng” and “Winter Cherry.”

 

Where is it from?

Ashwagandha plants are native to India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East

Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. The name “Ashwagandha” describes the smell of its root, meaning “like a horse.” By definition, ashwa means horse.

 

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a part of class of plants called Adaptogens, a herbal shrub whose roots and berries are used for their medicinal properties, powerful adaptogen. Adaptogen help the body adjust to physical, chemical, or biological stress. They stimulate the body’s stress-protection response and help the systems return to a balanced state called “homeostasis.

 

How does it work?

Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defence against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures. In simple terms, an antioxidant is a chemical compound that protects cells against the effects of free radicals (molecules produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to pollutants such as tobacco smoke or radiation).

 

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Enhanced Brain Function

Ashwagandha has life-extending properties. Research studies at universities in Japan show that this herb regenerates nerve cells and dendrite growth throughout the brain and body. This power makes Ashwagandha a frontline treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson Disease.

Supporting Anxiety

Best known for its stress-lowering effects. The medicinal herb appears to help lower levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by your adrenal glands in response to stress.

Relieves Stress and Anxiety

Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defence against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity.  It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. Ashwagandha can also benefit sleep quality as well.

Increases Muscle and Strength

Ashwagandha treatments produced positive results in another study conducted solely with male participants. Compared to the placebo group, men who received Ashwagandha saw significant gains in muscle strength (measured using bench press and leg extension exercises) and muscle size in their arms and chests, as well as a significant reduction in body fat percentage and post-workout muscle damage.

                

Improves Sexual Function in Women

At least one clinical study indicates Ashwagandha can benefit women experiencing sexual dysfunction. The administration of Ashwagandha resulted in significant improvements in arousal, lubrication, orgasm and satisfaction, as self-reported by the participants. It also significantly improved the number of successful sexual encounters and improved metrics of distress around their sex lives and sexuality

Supporting Heart Health

At least two studies have shown that Ashwagandha can increase VO2 max levels, which is the maximum amount of oxygen you take in while physically exerting yourself. These levels are used in measuring cardiorespiratory endurance—how well the heart and lungs deliver oxygen to muscles during physical activity. Thus, higher VO2 max levels can indicate a healthy heart that performs well under those circumstances. With that said, this one study’s results may not apply universally since it was conducted with healthy, athletic adults exclusively as opposed to a more diverse group of participants.

 

Relieves Hair Loss

Ashwagandha can be an instant solution to manage the cortisol levels – stress hormones – in your body and thus control follicle damage and hair loss. The herb has natural mood-boosting properties that minimize your hair loss by keeping your anxiety.

How to Take Ashwaghandha

Tea:

Can start with an Ashwagandha tea as a way to introduce the herb into your diet gently and contribute to your hydration as well—a crucial factor to overall health

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Add the raw form of Ashwagandha or Ashwagandha powder directly to your food. For example, you can mix the powder into nut butters, granola, smoothies or overnight oats. Don’t Ashwagandha to high heat, which would cancel out the herb’s therapeutic benefits and possibly even render it carcinogenic. Instead, keep it over medium heat or toss it into your food toward the end of your food preparation.

 

Ashwaghanda Hair Mask:

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Prepare a past adding powder to warm water, apply to scalp and hair gentle massage, wrap towel or shower cap about 30 mins and rinse off

 

Side Effects and Risks Of Excessive Usage Of Ashwagandha

  1. Drowsiness, headache, and stomach upset are some of the common side effects of Ashwagandha when taken in moderate dosages.
  2. In some rare cases, rapid heart beating and allergic reactions can be observed due to overdose of Ashwagandha.
  3. While Ashwagandha can resolve hypothyroidism, it can also promote hyperthyroidism.
  4. Women with pregnancy must avoid Ashwagandha as it can cause premature delivery. Also, breastfeeding mothers should not consume Ashwagandha orally.
  5. People who are sensitive to plants belonging to the nightshade family (Solanaceae) such as pepper, tomato, potato, etc. can be intolerant to Ashwagandha.
  6. Avoid sedative medications such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and alcohol consumption while you are taking Ashwagandha.

 

How can we help?

You can buy Ashwagandha at our store. Come on down to the Tree of Eternal Life, 124a West Green Road, Tottenham N.15 5AA, 0208 800 3115 or purchase this product on our website www.treeofeternallife.co.uk.

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