How can Ashwagandha help?
Used in traditional forms of medicine for centuries, ashwagandha has a great range of health benefits. The herb is probably best known for its ability to help the body manage stress, classing it as an adaptogenic herb, but it has also been shown to boost brain function, lower blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. In India, ashwagandha is known as ‘the strength of a stallion’ as it is thought to increase physical strength as well as strengthen the immune system.
Read on to learn more about the benefits of this adaptogenic herb.
Mental health benefits
Ashwagandha has been traditionally used to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression for centuries, and there is some scientific evidence to support these theories. In a study of people that suffered with chronic stress, it was reported that those that supplemented with ashwagandha saw a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia. In a separate study, stressed adults reported a 79% reduction in severe depression after taking ashwagandha for 60 days.
Can reduce blood sugar levels
Various studies have found ashwagandha can lower blood sugar levels. One test tube study found that the herb increased insulin secretion and improved insulin sensitivity in muscle cells, whilst several human studies suggest it can reduce blood sugar levels in both those with diabetes and healthy people.
May improve testosterone levels and fertility in men
Ashwagandha may help boost fertility and promote reproductive health, particularly in men. Studies show treatment of infertile men recovered the seminal plasma levels of antioxidant enzymes and vitamins A,C and E, whilst also significantly increasing the testosterone levels. The roots stress-lowering abilities also contribute to creating an optimal environment for fertility and conception.
Muscle mass and strength
Given the name ‘strength of a stallion’ for a reason, research shows that as supplementing with ashwagandha can increase strength. In one study, men who took ashwagandha every day for 30 days reported an increase in muscle strength, whilst another study showed gains in muscle strength and size as well as more than doubling their reduction in body fat percentage.