Withania somnifera or Ashwagandha is the most common herb used in traditional Chinese, African and in Indian Ayurveda for thousands of years because of its versatile therapeutic potential and it is also one of the fascinating topics for the scientist since it contains major bio-active constituent withanolides, responsible for incredible health benefits.
Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera It is a well known herb in Ayurveda science and recognize for its strengthening and nourishing traits and mainly support the reproductive system and healthy muscle. Ashwagandha is a tall plant with red berry and green or purple fruits and abundantly found in India, North India, Middle East, Africa and China, also known as India ginseng and winter cherry. Ashwagandha is an aromatic plant herb, smell like a horse shoe, that’s why named as ASHWA (horse) GANDHA (smell) a Sanskrit word and provides horse like vitality and the strength too. It has enormous health benefits in various ailments such as arthritis, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, menstrual problem, fibromyalgia, and chronic liver disease, anxiety, improving memory, fertility problems, tumor and depression, known so far. Another most important use of Ashwagandha is to combat with stress so it also works as an adaptogen or relieves stress and anxiety or you can say it has a powerful cortisol-reducing effect or hormone balancing effect, cortisol is the main hormone related to the stress.
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This miraculous and powerful herb contains a high concentration of naturally existing, steroid like compound Withanolides with potent anti inflammatory, antitumor property including other useful health benefits. This main bio-active flavonoid helps the immune system, reduces the long term inflammation and helps fight with the free radicals and lower down the oxidative stress. Withanolides works as antibiotic, anti-arthritic, mild sedative, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial and most importantly as antitumor. It supports the body's strength to resist the damage or stress and restore normal physiological function of the body. It is bitter, astringent, aphrodisiac, tonic, stimulant, thermogenic and diuretic in nature.
Here we are highlighting some of the proven health benefits of Ashwagandha:
Since ancient time people using this potent herb as aphrodisiac, regulate and rejuvenate the male hormones, improves the fertility and restore the vitality in men.
It has balancing effect on women’s hormone, improves the energy level, helps in reducing the menopausal symptoms and improves the blood flow towards the reproductive organs as well.
Ashwagandha works as hypolipidimic that helps normalize cholesterol level and also good for cardiac health by providing the strength to the muscles since it works against inflammation and oxidative damage.
Ashwagandha improves emotional and physical health in this way works as an antidepressant.
BOOST IMMUNITY AND BLOOD PRODUCTION
It is shown in the several research and clinical studies that Ashwagandha significantly improves the immunity and at the same time improves the RBC, WBC and platelets count therefore speeds up hematopoietic process and prevents Anemia.
HELPS IN DIABETES
It improves the sensitivity of insulin to the cells and normalizes the blood glucose level.
HELPS IN ANXIETY AND STRESS
It is shown by various studies that Ashwagandha is very useful remedy to keep the stress and anxiety away, improves the emotional well being and blocks the stress related mechanism.
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Its antioxidant property protects the nerve cells from free radicals and reduces further damage, improves brain function and memory. Prevents brain degeneration so it may be helpful in Alzheimer's disease which is majorly liked with the memory loss, forgetfulness, thinking and behavior pattern.
Arthritis is a disease which comes with joint pain, swelling and inflammation, in chronic condition it may change in gout along with severe pain and redness. Ashwagandha preserves the density and strength of cartilage and reduces the inflammation and the free radicals at the site of pain, reduces the tissue damage, protects the joint and restores the bone health.
It improves survival rate, controls the proliferation of tumor cells and selectively kills the cancer cells through different biological pathways.
Thus presence of various potent naturally occurring lactones, flavonoid and alkaloids in Ashwagandha provides enormous therapeutic uses and responsible for making it an indispensable ingredient in various health supplements.