3 Suprising Benefits of Ashwagandha



Ashwagandha is a potent adaptogen that has been traditionally used as a rasayana (a herb that provides rejuvenation) in Ayurvedic medicine. It is one herb that can be used in almost all stages of life; from babies to old age.

Emerging scientific studies show the interesting potential of this root for many modern ailments, especially in modulating stress and sleep. However, this famous root has other lesser known (but exciting) benefits. For instance, new research is showing promising potential in using Ashwagandha for brain health, in weight management and even heart health.


1.) Brain Health

Studies have shown that Ashwagandha has potential as a neuro-protective in certain brain disorders. (1) Other studies have shown this herb improves long & short term memory as well as aid in psychological disorders such as ADD, hyperactivity and OCD.


2.) Weight Management

Scientific research has been able to show that Ashwagandha could be included successfully to support weight management. It has been shown to reduce food cravings and stress related eating behaviours. (2) As well, one study of 52 people consuming 600mg of Ashwagandha root daily were shown to be able to reduce body fat and increase muscle strength.


3.) Heart Health

As a true adaptogen, Ashwagandha can help normalize cortisol and help increase our ability to better handle stress. Studies have shown that this herb can also reduce systolic blood pressure,(3, prevent hardening of the arteries and may reduce cholesterol.


Here in North America, we typically use Ashwagandha to help balance our body, increase our resilience to stress and help with certain sleep issues. Since this famous root is an adaptogen, it's considered a non-toxic herb, and safe for a large population of people throughout life. However, there can be contra-indications where Ashwagandha may not be appropriate for use and we should always consult with our health care provider prior to use.


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Reference:

1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32305638/

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5871210/

3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11116534/